Break a record, raise money and save lives

January 26, 2010 4:31:26 PM PST
Child's play: Breaking a record, raising money, and saving lives! Why you should grab your jump rope and join in!

Upcoming event featured in the segment:

Students across the state will be jumping rope for health and for a chance to set a new Guinness World Book Record. The current record is 59,000 people and organizers of the event are hoping to get 80,000 folks jumping rope all at the same time.

The kids at Lynwwod Elementary School in Novato will be jumping rope with other kids across the state to promote good health and physical fitness and of course to set a new world record.

The record attempt will take place on Monday, February 1, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at schools all over California. There are 300 schools participating across the state in the event. To qualify for the GWR attempt in 2010, participants need to jump on February 1 at 9:00 a.m.

About the Guinness Book of World's Records attempt:

Jump Rope For Heart is a project of the American Heart Association, the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (CAHPERD), and the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports.

We need to have more than 59,000 people to jump for at least 10 minutes to break the record. Australia holds the current Guinness World Record for jumping rope at 59,000 people.

Kids across California are hoping to gather some 80,000 people to help break the current record and they need your help.

It's not too late to sign up! Call 415-433-2273 or go to

About Jump Rope for Heart:

A cornerstone program for the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD), the annual "Jump Rope for Heart" campaign provides volunteers with the curriculum, training opportunities and tools to engage children and adults in jumping rope for fitness, while raising valuable funds for heart health and research.

Jump Rope For Health provides benefits to participants at every level of the program.

Benefits to schools, administrators and teachers:

  • Provides a fun way to meet California's Physical Education Standards.
  • Provides instructor training/professional development and a respected curriculum with practical implementation components.
  • Is a great service-learning project that offers students a terrific way to learn about volunteering, giving back to their community and living a healthy and fit lifestyle.
  • Integrates physical activity and critical thinking skills as students help plan, organize and participate in the event.
  • Encourages cross-age cooperative activity.
  • Extend heart-healthy lessons into the classroom.
  • Can be implemented through Pre- or After-School programs as well.
  • Gives your school gift certificates for physical education equipment based on dollars raised.
Benefits to students:
  • Is a fun event!
  • Encourages community service.
  • Is an educational program.
  • Raises money to fund lifesaving research and educational programs of the American Heart Association.
  • Helps students learn jump-rope skills.
  • Teach students to set and achieve goals and discover that they can make a difference!
  • With modifications, students of all ages and abilities can participate.