Each year, the month of February is declared national heart month, making it a great month to host a Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) event. JRFH is a national education and fundraising program sponsored by both SHAPE America and the American Heart Association. It promotes physical education while providing students with knowledge/awareness of heart disease & stroke; it’s also a great fundraiser for cardiovascular disease research and health education. Listed below are ways you can host a JRFH event, as well as activities you can use for one.
Two Ways to Host a JRFH Event
Your Jump Rope for Heart event can be hosted in a couple of ways. First, it could be held as an all day event, or the JRFH activities could be worked into an existing jump rope unit to help keep it simple. Check out this SHAPE America page that includes 6 Steps to a Successful Jump Rope for Heart Event. The most important thing to remember is that hosting a JRFH doesn’t have to be difficult, just make sure to tailor the event to your school size.
Jump Rope For Heart Activities/Station Ideas
- Hula Hoop Jump – lay hula hoops down on your gym floor and have students jump from hoop to hoop.
- Tape 4 parallel lines or rope on floor – students jump across each line with both feet, then on just one foot.
- Mini-trampoline station
- Single rope jumping – each student jump with their own rope, if they can, depending on their skill level.
- Single rope scoring – done with a partner, one student jumps and the other counts how many their partner jumps without missing.
- Single rope with a partner – one student turns the rope and both jump together.
- Single rope backward – each student has their own rope and turns the rope backward.
- Single rope one foot – jump on one foot without switching.
- Four student jump – three line up, the student with the rope jumps down the line and jumps with a different student each time.
- Turn double dutch – with a partner, try to turn double dutch (include link to instrutctonal video?)
- Rope scoring competition – done with a partner, one student jumps and the other counts. See who can jump the most without missing.
Below is a good video by Mike Graham that shows his JRFH stations from a couple of years ago. It might give you some ideas.
The American Heart Association and SHAPE America’s Jump Rope For Heart is a great national education and fundraising program that helps promote physical education while also raising knowledge/awareness of heart disease & stroke. The AHA and SHAPE America provide resources for you to use in hosting a JRFH event. Your JRFH event doesn’t have to be a difficult undertaking. It can be as simple as working jump rope activities into an existing lesson, or it could be held as a day long event at the culmination of a jump rope unit. Whatever you decide, just make sure it is fun and educational for your students.