South Range becomes fit-friendly work site

Staff report


The South Range School District has a long history of supporting the American Heart Association and educating children about heart health and community service through Jump Rope for Heart.

High-school students hosted a Red Out basketball game where they sold red-out T-shirts for heart disease and stroke awareness. Since 1997, the South Range schools have donated more than $50,000 for the AHA, which funds research, programs and education to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers, respectively.

With the educational programs from the association, South Range students learn how the heart works, how exercise affects their hearts and how to stay fit for life.

“By including physical activity into their daily routines, kids can significantly reduce the onset and burden of heart disease,” said Shelley Webber, the association’s youth market director. “By raising money through Jump Rope For The Heart, we are preventing heart disease and obesity for the next generation of Americans. Kids are learning how to live healthier while becoming passionate about raising money for other kids with sick hearts.”

This year, the school district became the first one in Mahoning County to become a fit-friendly work site, a recognition program from the AHA that recognizes employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health.

The district encouraged staff members to participate in walking programs by using the walking paths (walking bridge and path behind the school campus). The school campus houses a fitness room available to staff, and the school campus also promotes community walks or runs for other organizations and the community. The school district’s coaches and school nurses are certified in CPR and first aid.

The heart association is recognizing South Range schools for their progressive leadership and hopes that more school districts will follow their lead. The district will be mentioned in the honor roll on the AHA’s website as well as recognition at local events.

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