Exercise Task Force To Initiate Local Jump Rope For Heart Programme

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The Ministry of Health’s National Task Force on Physical Activity and Exercise will host a jump rope workshop next week to train several primary school physical education (PE) teachers.

The Jump Rope for Heart programme will be facilitated by the Trinidad and Tobago Alliance for Physical Education and Sports (TTASPE), and will be held on Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21, at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Wildey, St. Michael.?? Two sessions will be held each day from 9:00 a.m. and 25 PE

teachers from primary schools across the island will be trained in the simple, low-cost, indoor/outdoor physical activity of jumping rope.??

The workshop will expose the teachers to the core principals of jump rope, through warm up activities, single jump rope, as well as partner jump rope skills.?? Participating schools will be provided with a supply of skipping ropes to facilitate the start-up of the programme.??

At the end of the training, it is expected that teachers would educate children to discover the joy of being engaged in a fun, physically active programme; learn the importance of nutritional meal choices, and establish positive habits that can be maintained through to adulthood.?? The programme is a pre-emptive approach to address Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases that stem from unhealthy meal choices and irregular or no physical activity.

The workshop will be opened by Chairperson of the Task Force, Mara Thompson.?? Representatives from TTASPE, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados, the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development and the National Sports Council will also address the opening.

lbayley@barbados.gov.bb

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