Jump Rope for Heart

On Thursday 25th February 2010 to celebrate National Heart Month, Birmingham PlayCare Network delivered a Jump Rope for Heart Skipping event. In partnership with the British Heart Foundation and funded by the Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme.

BPCN invited over 50 play workers to take part at the NIA. The day was hosted by the award winning Blue and White Rope Skippers. The practical session outlined the health benefits of skipping and different skipping techniques. Childcare workers city wide were given tips on how to transfer the skills they acquired during the session to the children who access their childcare provision.

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Playworkers Julie Casey & Sandra Burgess from Four Dwellings ASC. Visit the CBHF Website

Emma Payne, BPCN’s Business Development Manager commented; “Skipping is fantastic form of exercise and good fun; we are keen for childcare providers to use the new skills they acquire during BPCN’s event to promote healthier lifestyles amongst children”.

With physical inactivity doubling the risk of coronary heart disease, the British Heart Foundation is highlighting skipping as an ideal form of exercise for children and a great solution for play providers, schools and families to use as part of the physical activities children participate in.

The BHF is trying to address the growing problem of childhood inactivity; they recommend that children and young people aged 5-18 years should participate in physical activity of moderate intensity for at least one hour a day.

The British Heart Foundation’s, Fundraising Volunteer Manager, Donna Stokes says; “Skipping is an excellent form of cardio-vascular activity and it also promotes bone health, co-ordination, rhythm and timing. It’s a great way of showing children that keeping fit can be good fun.”

I am writing this letter to thank BPCN for putting on your course (jump rope) on 25h February. We enjoyed the day enormously, and we thank you for inviting us to attend. We went back and we did skipping with the children. They loved doing the double dutch and every day since a group of them have been doing it on a daily basis. If it was not for the session i really do not think they would have been so enthusiastic – the ropes are brilliant.

Thank you from the staff and from the children.

Baljinder Samra

Keziah Hospedales

Maninder Kaur

Childsplay @ St Thomas

Ladywood

25 Feb 2010

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