Getting a jump start on fitness

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Health and physical education students at Eastern New Mexico University will sponsor a Jump Rope for Heart event on Saturday at Greyhound Arena.

Backed by the American Heart Association, HPE majors organized the event as a class assignment, said Mary Drabbs, chair of ENMU’s Health and Physical Education Department.

“We want to contribute to the community with physical activities and fitness and show our involvement in the community,” said Megan Ratliff, senior HPE student.

HPE students passed out information to Portales elementary school students to participate in the event, which will raise money for the American Heart Association.

Drabbs stressed the event is focused more on encouraging students to exercise rather than the fundraising aspect.

“We were hoping that by sparking an interest in jumping rope, it is something they (students) can do by themselves at home and school,” Drabbs said.

The event will be broken into three sections.

Students will be able to visit stations to learn how to properly use a jump rope and the different type of jumps that can be done. HPE students will lead them through a variety of games that will be played incorporating the jump ropes, Drabbs said.

The final leg of the event will be a jump-a-thon with students divided into teams. HPE students will be calling out what type of jumps the students must do, Drabbs said.

“Saturday is for fun and jumping rope,” Drabbs said.

As part of the preparations for the event, Ratliff and fellow HPE students have asked local businesses for donations to ensure that each child who participates will receive a prize.

“We want everyone to feel like a winner, which they are by participating in this,” Ratliff said.

At a glance:

What: Jump Rope for Heart

When: Saturday

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Greyhound Arena, Eastern New Mexico University

Information: Mary Drabbs at 562-4344.