Hundreds of students at Woolfolk Middle School in Yazoo City received a “recess reboot” this year, thanks to Mississippi Baptist Medical Center and the Metro Jackson American Heart Association (AHA). During a student assembly on April 17, the school’s physical education program received a donation of new jump ropes, basketballs and U.S. Games gift cards to purchase additional games and equipment. Central Mississippi American Heart Association Vice President Jennifer Hopping, along with the Metro Jackson AHA Heart Ball Director Jordan Walker, were present to make the donation.
The AHA recommends that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Establishing a habit of physical activity can help control weight, reduce blood pressure, raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol, reduce risk for diabetes and improve psychological well-being.
To learn more about AHA’s Jump Rope for Heart and school programs, visit www.heart.org/educator.