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Children from the Child Development Center jump rope as part of a field day activity for the American Heart Association’s heart movement here, Feb. 13.

Photo by Verda L. Parker

CDC students jump for healthier heart month

21 Feb 2014 | Verda L. Parker

The Child Development Center joined the American Heart Association’s heart movement in a field day activity, which engaged the center’s students, here, Feb. 13.

Thomason Gymnasium was buzzing with laughter and squealing voices, and with energetic students, ranging in age from 2 - 4 years old, at the 2014 American Heart Association’s Jump for Your Heart Movement.

“We wanted to participate in the movement, so we created a Jump for Your Heart Field Day,” Katie Roberts, resource and referral manager, CDC, Marine Corps Community Services, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, said.

Activities were broken into different age groups and each group rotated from station-to-station until they had completed the entire course.

“The children will jump through (a series of) activities that will accelerate his or her heart rates. These activities are designed to increase their (overall) awareness of their hearts through exercise,” Roberts added.

There were four stations set up for the activity. There was a jump station where students performed jumping jacks, jumped rope and ran the bunny race, weaving and bobbing around numbers on the floor and cones.

There was a relay station where students ran, with one arm behind his or her back, to the opposite end of the course and filled buckets with different shaped blocks.

Included in the course was a bean bag race where students jumped over and under obstacles designed to work on their fine motor and gross motor skills.

The obstacle course was another station where students jumped through hula hoops, zigzagged around cones and stepped over hurdles.

The final obstacle was a race station where students raced with a ball and stick, as well as a penguin race where they were required to hold an egg (a plastic ball) between their legs and race to the finish line at the opposite end of that course.

After running through two of the four stations, the students took a brief water break before returning to continue the rotation.

“The primary objective is to ensure that the children will be continuously moving, rotating in a clockwise manner,” Roberts concluded.

At the end of the field day activities, each child received a certificate of participation.


Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany