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Roseville kids ‘Jump Rope for Heart’

Sargeant Elementary School kids learn about heart health through exercise
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Nearly 30 minutes into the jump rope activity and the kids were still going strong.

They only had five minutes left to go and they gave it all they had, seeing who could jump the longest without stopping and who could do the coolest moves — there was the grapevine, straddle run, swing kick and more.

Third graders at Sargeant Elementary School in Roseville jumped rope on Jan. 21 as part of the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart program to promote heart health and raise funds for kids with heart defects. Two days later, the rest of the school joined in.

“It’s an excellent activity. It builds strength, cardiovascular (endurance), it’s great for sports,” said Physical Education Teacher Dan Macomber.

The American Heart Association recommends kids get at least 60 minutes of exercise most days of the week. The organization says many children don’t do enough physical activity — 43 percent of kids spend two hours each day watching television instead of playing outside.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.