The Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart Outreach program is a school-based physical activity and heart health program for selected schools in NSW. It is a fun, inclusive and non-competitive program based around skipping. The program is offered to schools where the traditional and hugely popular Jump Rope for Heart would not prove practical or viable.
The Jump Rope for Heart Outreach program delivers the same physical activity and heart health aspects of the traditional program; however the core difference is that there is no requirement for students to fundraise in order to participate.
Typically offered in schools located in smaller, rural, remote, and disadvantaged communities where the risk of developing heart disease is higher, the Jump Rope for Heart Outreach program teaches students the importance of keeping their hearts healthy through physical activity participation, healthy eating and living smoke free. The Jump Rope for Heart Outreach program is easy to access and readily integrated into the NSW curriculum and school timetable.
The program comprises a school visit and skipping workshop, free resources to support school-led activities, and ongoing support from the Heart Foundation. Delivery of the program is flexible and is typically run over a 4 – 8 week period that best suits the school’s needs. The program encourages regular skipping sessions and classroom activities to communicate the key health messages within the program. Additional support is provided by the Jump Rope for Heart Outreach Project Officer, including the school skipping workshop.
The Jump Rope for Heart Outreach program enables students most at risk to learn healthy behaviours and establish habits for leading an active, healthy life, and protecting their heart health now and into the future.
For more information, tools and resources, visit Jump Rope for Heart Outreach Program