Skipping program celebrates 30 years

Skipping ropes will be nothing but a blur as students participate in the 30th anniversary of the Jump Rope for Heart program.

Skipping ropes will be nothing but a blur this school year as thousands of elementary and middle school students on Vancouver Island participate in the 30th anniversary of the Jump Rope for Heart program.

The first event was held in 1982 to raise heart health awareness and life-saving funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation with only a handful of Island schools participating.

Today, Jump Rope for Heart is one of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s most long-standing and successful programs.

It delivered fitness and fun to more than 140 schools and 7,000 students across the Island last year and raised vital funds for heart disease and stroke research, health education and social change.

“We hope to increase that number to 10,000 students to have more children empowered to take an active approach in managing their health,” said Janice Krall, area manager for Vancouver Island’s Heart and Stroke Foundation

Jump Rope for Heart raises funds for medical research and health promotions and programs to help prevent heart disease and stroke.

To register a school for the program, please visit www.jumpropeforheart.ca or contact Nanaimo’s Heart and Stroke Foundation office at 250-754-5274.