Schools are being urged to fight obesity in children by introducing skipping as a healthy activity for the playground and a fundraiser for charity.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland has produced a new DVD as part of its Jump Rope for Heart initiative, which has been going for 21 years and raised more than pound;10.5 million. Schools that support the charity will be sent the DVD as part of a pack, worth more than pound;100, which includes 31 skipping ropes, two double Dutch ropes, teacher's manual, step-by-step fund-raising manual, skipping dice game, teacher T-shirt, lesson plans, posters, sponsor forms and music.
During the last school year, 250 primary and secondary schools in Scotland registered for the initiative and raised pound;170,000 - 75 per cent of which went to the BHF Scotland and 25 per cent to the schools
Marjory Burns, director of BHF Scotland, says: "Levels of obesity are rising and rates of physical activity are low. Almost a fifth of boys and 14 per cent of girls aged two to 15 in Scotland are obese. Jump Rope for Heart ticks all the boxes in terms of keeping kids fit, being a fun team activity and raising money for the nation's heart charity and the school."
Tillicoultry Primary in Clackmannanshire has been participating in Jump Rope for Heart for over six years and has raised at least pound;6,000. PE teacher Eleanor McGlashan says: "It is a brilliant initiative. Skipping is versatile and you can't beat it for health and fitness. It's a wonderful skill to learn and it's sociable. That's where these materials and resources come into their own; they are great and they are durable."
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