The students from Snowy Mountains Grammar School are jumping for heart health by participating in the Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart program and the fight against heart disease.

SMGS has joined hundreds of schools across the country for Jump Rope for Heart, the largest and most recognised fundraising program for young people in Australia.  The program encourages boys and girls to take part in physical activity that is fun, rewarding and heart-healthy.

“By getting their hearts pumping through the Jump Rope for Heart program, the students and their families learn the importance of keeping their hearts healthy through regular physical activity and eating a proper diet.

“Jump Rope for Heart is a unique program that inspires whole communities to value heart health, and SMGS’ Junior School has done just that among the Snowy Monaro community.”

SMGS JRFH co-ordinator, Ms Tavia Taylor, said the whole school was jumping with excitement in anticipation of Monday’s event.

“The students can’t wait to show off their skipping skills and we are so proud of their fundraising efforts that will help the Heart Foundation fight heart disease”, said Ms Taylor.

“Like the Heart Foundation, SMGS is committed to supporting our students and their families to be more physically active and eat a healthy diet. Jump Rope for Heart teaches the students that being active can be great fun and they will hopefully keep these healthy habits with them for life and inspire others to join them in their heart-healthy lifestyle”, said Ms Taylor.

Since the Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart program started in 1983, more than 95% of all Australian schools, involving over eight million school children, have participated in this fun and active program.

For more information on Jump Rope for Heart, visit www.heartfoundation.org.au/JumpRope