Thurrock schoolchildren encouraged to have healthy hearts

Dear Editor,

We all know the importance of being physically active to improve our overall health but despite this, many children and young people in the UK aren’t achieving the recommended target of 60 minutes of activity each day.

Encouraging children to be as active as possible can help maintain a healthy weight, increase energy levels and reduce their risk of developing heart and circulatory disease in the future.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is offering all schools across the East of England a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime interactive workshop with a BHF-funded researcher to teach pupils about the importance of keeping their heart healthy.

To enter, all schools need to do is sign up to one of the BHF’s schools fundraisers; Jump Rope for Heart or Ultimate Dodgeball before midnight on Tuesday 28 February by visiting www.bhf.org.uk/schools.

Our fundraisers are easy to organise and come with lesson plans and enough skipping ropes and dodgeballs needed for a successful event. Not only will it raise money for the BHF’s life saving research into the fight against heart disease, but schools get to keep 20% of the money raised to buy new equipment.

The BHF is currently funding 106 research grants to the value of over £53.27 million in the East of England to help end the devastation of heart disease. With your school’s help, we will be able to fund even more ground-breaking research to help prevent, treat and one day cure these conditions.

Yours sincerely,

Jessica Rose

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