Ballston Spa school heart event gets kids hopping, hooping

Over 17 percent of children age 6 to 11 are overweight, according to the American Heart Association's 2008 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics.

Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart are joint efforts between the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Dance, which engages elementary schools students in physical activity to promote education and awareness of heart disease while raising funds to support heart and stroke research.

In 1963, congress declared February American Heart Month. Every year since the declaration, the American Heart Association has worked with the government to sign the annual proclamation.

The American Heart Association is a national health agency, which promotes healthy lifestyles, free of cardiovascular disease.""

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