Be A Heart Hero!

By:  Shannon Shull

The Amazing Mrs. Bouknight

My 8-year-old girl Mina recently participated in Jump Rope for Heart at her school, Batesburg-Leesville Primary.  Thanks to her amazing P.E. teacher, Mrs. Phyllis Bouknight, who is also the coordinator for this fabulous event every year, my Mina truly felt like she helped make a difference. Because of Mrs. Bouknight’s passion for the program, Mina set out with great zeal to raise money for and, as she says, “save lives from heart diseases.”

I was very proud of my girl’s dedication and enthusiasm.  I was most pleased with the fact that she really seemed to understand why she was jumping rope, that she was raising money for a great cause and also keeping her own heart healthy.  That philanthropic spirit is a precious thing.  And the health awareness that goes with it is truly priceless.

My little Mina is a Heart Hero indeed and as her mother, I plan to be a Heart Hero for her too by doing my best to always be a positive, heart healthy example in her life.

What is Jump Rope For Heart?

  • It’s an American Heart Association event.
  • Kids with special hearts are helped by the money raised.
  •  Kids have fun jumping rope and learning about their heart and how to keep it healthy.

Below is some very valuable information from the American Heart Association that I feel is very much worth reading –

Mina - Ready to Jump!

Did you know that childhood obesity is the No. 1 health concern among parents in the United States, topping drug abuse and smoking? Among children today, obesity is causing a broad range of health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood. If current trends continue, today’s kids could be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. Parents and caregivers are essential decision makers when it comes to the nutrition, physical activity and health needs of their children.  As a parent, you want the best for your child.  Every parent does.  And The American Heart Association can help.

Help your child develop healthy habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits. As you gain practical tips on helping your kids eat nutritious meals and enjoy a physically active lifestyle, be sure to apply these same behaviors to your own life. The best way to lead your child to a healthy lifestyle is to set a positive example yourself!

I personally feel that the best way to lead anyone to a healthy lifestyle is to be a positive example yourself! What do you do in your daily life to be heart healthy?

Here’s to being a Heart Hero!

Mina with her friends Amy & Harley - ready to start jumping!