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Jump for Heart held at Antelope Valley schools

Staff reports

Antelope Valley Schools Healthy Start, the American Heart Association and the Mono County Department of Public Health Tobacco Program coordinated a Jump-a-thon/Jump Rope for Heart Event for Antelope Elementary and Coleville Middle School students, May 7.

This event provided students with activities that can help fight heart disease, gives students a healthy alternative to tobacco use and reinforces the tobacco prevention education program. Students attending grades K-8 participated in six different jump rope stations. Students jumped for approximately one hour and received prizes provided by the Mono County Department of Public Health Tobacco Program.

A component of this activity included a heart transplant survivor, who addressed the students on the subject of heart disease and his personal experiences. The Jump-a-thon/Jump Rope for Heart is a successful event due to inter-agency collaboration and the support of teachers, parents and community members.

“This activity was enjoyed by all students,” said Bonnie A. Smith, Family services specialist.

Donations were received for the American Heart Association and prizes and refreshments were given to all students who participated. A big thank you goes out to Stacey Harrison and all the volunteers who helped make this event a huge success, Smith said.