March 27, 2006
Elementary students in Louisa County are keeping their hearts fit while helping others to care for themselves.
Kids at Trevilian Elementary in Louisa are participating in Jump Rope For Heart this week. They are learning more about heart disease all while raising money for the American Heart Association. Something that hits 1st grader Austin Clatterbuck in the heart.
“I don't want to see him go anywhere, except for down here,” said Clatterbuck.
Clatterbuck's happy he can help people like his grandfather who had a heart attack recently.
"He has to go the doctors a lot of days," said Clatterbuck.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Almost everyone knows someone with heart problems.
“It really brings it close to home for them, where they can see somebody physically and say, 'Oh, okay. This person had something wrong, they got help. They're doing better.' These are things that they're trying to do by eating right and exercising a little bit more. These are the things they are trying to be better at so that they'll continue to live a long time,” said Trevilian Elementary P.E. Teacher Noel Hunt.
Regular exercise like jumping rope is good for your heart.
“It’s getting you healthy!” said Clatterbuck.
"Is that what your teacher told you?" asked the reporter.
“I just learned it by myself,” responded Clatterbuck.
Clatterbuck also learned he's got to help out, so grandpa can stay “down here” a long time.
“If he asks me to do something, I'd better do it,” he said.
Last year Trevilian collected $7,000. This year, they hope to top that. If you want to help out call 540-967-1108. To learn more about Jump Rope For Heart, check out the website at www.americanheart.org.