YMCA OF SIMCOE/MUSKOKA
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka partners with Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart Program
Free YMCA family pass offered to selected fundraisers in an effort to build healthy communities
BARRIE – Students across Simcoe County, Muskoka and Parry Sound are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, Canada’s second and third leading causes of death. Over the next couple of months, schools will be hosting their annual Jump Rope For Heart event to raise money for Heart and Stroke, which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for youth.
This year, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is pleased to announce a partnership with Heart and Stroke to help raise awareness about heart disease and ultimately, build healthier communities. Students across Simcoe County, Muskoka and Parry Sound will have the opportunity to win a one-month family pass to any of the eight YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka fitness centres.
“According to a report from the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation, for the first time in history, today’s youth will live shorter lives than their parents. This is a staggering statistic and we strongly believe that our youth need access to programs that increase physical activity, provide good nutrition and safe places to connect, play and learn. By including physical activity into their daily routines, kids can significantly reduce the onset of heart disease and other chronic conditions,” said Karen Pulla, VP Health, Fitness and Aquatics, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. “Jump Rope For Heart teaches children how physical fitness benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community. We are so pleased to support this important cause that is near and dear to us.”
The Jump Rope For Heart program gives children the chance to jump and play alongside 750,000 other kids in more than 4,000 schools across Canada. Supporting kids’ health for almost 35 years, Jump Rope for Heart encourages kids to get active by jumping rope while they collect pledges for heart disease and stroke research and education programs.
“In celebration of our 35th anniversary, we wanted to offer a special give back to reward students for all their hard work. We are happy to partner with our local YMCA’s so that each school winner and his/her entire family could benefit from programs and services that will keep them active!” Said Tara Filteau, area coordinator from Heart and Stroke’s Barrie office.