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Piper Liebig, left, and Mallory Dreesen, third-grade students from St. Bonaventure Elementary School, jump rope together during Jump Rope for Heart.
The event was held Wednesday at Scotus Central Catholic.
Henry Chard, left, prepares to jump Wednesday as Brightyn Micek, his classmate from St. Anthony Elementary School, twirls a jump rope around them.
St. Isidore Elementary School third-grade student Larkyn Mahoney participates in Jump Rope for Heart, held Wednesday at Scotus Central Catholic.
St. Anthony Elementary School students Manuel Caballero, left, and Alex Casperson jump rope together Wednesday during Jump Rope for Heart at Scotus Central Catholic.
Lexi Reidmiller, a third-grade student at St. Isidore Elementary School, twirls a jump rope Wednesday during Jump Rope for Heart. The American Heart Association event was held at Scotus Central Catholic.
Elementary school students watch as Scotus Central Catholic students demonstrate rope skipping Wednesday during Jump Rope for Heart. The American Heart Association event was held at Scotus.
COLUMBUS — Twirling jump ropes were skipped with ease by some. Others were a little tripped up at times.
Either way, the exercise got students active and their hearts pumping during an American Heart Association event geared toward youth.
On Wednesday, students from local elementary schools took part in Jump Rope for Heart at Scotus Central Catholic. The heart-healthy event taught the students the importance of being active and eating a proper diet.
The elementary students were instructed by Scotus physical education teacher Janet Tooley and saw demonstrations from high school students of different rope jumping techniques, like jumping with a partner and skipping the rope while rotating it backward.
Jump Rope for Heart is one of the programs the American Heart Association holds to educate children and teens in how to improve their own health.