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What is the Jump Rope for Heart event?

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Jump Rope for Heart is a yearly American Heart Association awareness and fundraising event which is held at elementary schools. By focusing on jump rope and related activities, the event teaches students and the audience how to live, eat and exercise to prevent heart disease and strokes. As a fundraising event, Jump Rope for Heart has helped obtain donations to fund heart disease research for nearly 35 years, as reported on the American Heart Association website.

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What is the Jump Rope for Heart event?
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The Jump Rope for Heart program works with elementary school physical education teachers to coordinate the event, facilitate fundraising activities and promoting heart disease awareness. Students participating in annual Jump Rope for Heart events at an elementary school in Texas collected close to $240,000 in donations during less than 20 years hosting the event, as reported by the Herald Democrat.

The Jump Rope for Heart event typically involves an elementary school putting on a jump rope exhibition for an audience of family and friends. Prizes are usually awarded to those students who raised the largest donations. The event also encourages the students' families to follow heart-healthy practices at home.

The American Heart Association provides participating schools with donation thank you forms and software that makes it easy to process donations online. Fundraising and awareness events sponsored by the American Heart Association have helped researchers and health care providers to reduce the death rate from heart disease by 25 percent, as stated on the organization's website.

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