WRIGHTSTOWN, WI -- Schools across the nation are hoping on board with Jump Rope for Heart. The program that promotes physical fitness is in its 35Th year, and students at Wrightstown Elementary are taking advantage of what it can do for them.
It's raised more than 750 million dollars across the country, but did you know the famous fund-raising event that encourages exercise actually started right here in Wisconsin.
"ABC and vegetable goop," chants filled the gym as the students took part in the annual event. Physical Education teacher Amy Collins puts it simply, "Physical activity is fun."
Especially when it's time to celebrate Jump Rope for Heart. Collins explains, "The more they get to move the better they like it." Whether it was showing off their long jumps, making their way through an obstacle course or dusting off some old skills,"I've been hoo-la-hooping since i was maybe five," Audrey Schaumberg and her classmates were learning all about a healthy heart. Collins is showing them, "What their heart supposed to sound like, how many beats a minute is it suppose to be beating to make it stronger."
The students at Wrightstown Elementary joined the American Heart Association for their national fundraiser, "For people that have heart diseases so that other people don't get heart disease and they can help the people that have heart disease." Audrey says she's been working hard to raise money for the cause. While doing so she's learned that it takes more than just physical activity to stay healthy, "You should eat a balanced diet like protein, dairy, fruits and vegetables."
And running around in class isn't hurting either, "Gets their brain thinking, gets them ready for their day obviously it's creating a healthy heart so they can do what they want when they get older."
Along their journey with jump rope for heart the kids raised thousands of dollars thanks to donations from friends, family and neighbors. "It connects them to the community and makes them aware that other people need help."
The money will go toward research, programs and education to fight heart disease and stroke.