Formerly Jump Rope for Heart is now Kids Heart Challenge! 

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    Bogert Elementary School


    Why do we participate in Kids Heart Challenge? Here are some of the reasons.

    • Regular periods of moderate to vigorous physical activity (3-5 times per week) enhance the health, academic performance, attitudes and classroom behavior of children at school.

    • A number of studies have demonstrated that increased physical activity is linked to better school performance.

    • The American Heart Association advocates for P.E. and Health Education to be on the list of core subjects.

    • Overweight adolescents have at least a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight adults.

    • More than 9 million children are overweight and 23 percent get no exercise.

    • American children ages 2-17 spend an average of almost 25 hours per week watching television --that's more than any other activity except sleeping.

    • Some experts predict that for the first time in history, because of inactivity and obesity-related illnesses, children's life spans will be shorter than their parents'.

    • Congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects.