Children and Heart Disease
Jump Rope For Heart Fundraiser
This year my daughter is participating in the Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser for her school. The children will be jump roping during school to help keep a healthy heart! The American Heart Association runs this program. I figured that I would help get the word out and maybe get other people to sign up and start raising money too!
Teaching Children to Help Others
They will use the money you raise to help pay for new medicines for kids with special hearts and to help doctors discover new medicines and treatments.
If you have children, you can also ask your school to participate if they currently do not. Children in school will learn the importance of keeping a healthy heart and how to have fun while doing so. It also teaches the children the importance of helping others.
Information About Children and Heart Disease
Information provided by the American Heart Association
Facts about children and heart disease:
Children in the United States today are less fit than they were a generation ago and are showing early signs of cardiovascular disease risk factors such as weight gain, high blood cholesterol and cigarette smoking.
Inactive children, when compared with active ones, weigh more, have higher blood pressure and lower levels of heart-protective high-density lipoproteins.
If all health trends remain constant, about 35 million of today's 83 million children will eventually die from heart and blood vessel disease.
According to some studies, up to one-third of American children are obese.
Nine million children live with at least one smoker and are exposed to secondhand smoke.
Every day, 2,000 young people under the age of 18 in this country become smokers.
How to Help
On this web-site, you will also find other causes you can donate to or other programs you can raise money for.
Take a few minutes and check it out. There are many stories of success and lots of information.
You can visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/