Urban Middle School students are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease. Urban will host its first Hoops For Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for our youth.
Hoops For Heart teaches students how physical fitness benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community. The need to educate children about the importance of physical activity couldn't be timelier. According to recent studies, about one-third of children ages 2 to 19 are overweight and obese.
"By including physical activity into their daily routines, kids can significantly reduce the onset and burden of heart disease," said Patty Winkler, an Urban physical education teacher. "By raising money through Hoops For Heart, we are preventing heart disease and obesity for the next generation of Americans. Kids are literally jumping into a heart healthier life while becoming passionate about raising money for other kids with sick hearts."
For over 16 years, Hoops For Heart has raised more than $72 million for the fight against heart disease and stroke. Millions of students have played basketball and learned about heart health and how nutrition and physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke. Hoops For Heart is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Individual who would like to make a donation to the American Heart Association are asked to call your nearest American Heart Association office at 414-271-9999 or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721) or visit online at americanheart.org/hoops.