8th TSC jumps through ropes to help students with fitness

| March 3, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from HHC, 8th STB, 8th TSC, challenge a student at Gustav H. Webling Elementary School with double dutch, one of the activities during “Jump Rope for Heart,” Feb. 23. Jump Rope for Heart promotes exercise and a healthy lifestyle for children. (Photos by Spc. Darnell Collins | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Soldiers from HHC, 8th STB, 8th TSC, challenge a student at Gustav H. Webling Elementary School with double dutch, one of the activities during “Jump Rope for Heart,” Feb. 23. Jump Rope for Heart promotes exercise and a healthy lifestyle for children. (Photos by Spc. Darnell Collins | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class David Wheeler
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

 

AIEA — Children can choose from a variety of technological marvels for indoor entertainment as the world of computers, video games and telephones have gone wireless.

Therefore, Soldiers with 8th Theater Sustainment Command have helped a group of elementary students pull the cord — or rope in this case — to get back into outdoor fun.

8th TSC Soldiers participated in the annual “Jump Rope for Heart” with Gustav H. Webling Elementary School, as part of the unit’s ongoing relationship with the school through the 8th TSC’s School Partnership Program, Feb. 22, here.

Pfc. Bryan Westling (left), and Spc. Quinten Booker, both with HHC, 8th STB, 8th TSC, swing the jump rope for students at Gustav H. Webling Elementary School. Military units team up with area schools to provide mentors and volunteers through the U.S. Army-Hawaii Partnership of Ohana program.

Pfc. Bryan Westling (left), and Spc. Quinten Booker, both with HHC, 8th STB, 8th TSC, swing the jump rope for students at Gustav H. Webling Elementary School. Military units team up with area schools to provide mentors and volunteers through the U.S. Army-Hawaii Partnership of Ohana program.

The U.S. Army Hawaii Partnership of Ohana program teams up military units with area schools to provide mentors and volunteers.

“This is my second year participating (in the Jump Rope for Heart),” said 1st Sgt. Curtis Rucker, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC. “It’s a chance for the children to see the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by being shown fun activities by Soldiers, who are healthy and active themselves.”

Jump Rope for Heart teaches and brings awareness to the consequences of unhealthy living, while promoting a better lifestyle in the next generation of Americans.

“We are out here to get the kids out and moving to help them understand how important it is to be active and healthy,” said one of the volunteers, Spc. Latarsha Parham, 8th Human Resources Sustainment Center, 8th TSC. “It’s important to teach them how to be healthy when they are young, so they can continue that lifestyle their whole life.”

In the late 1970s, Jean Barkow, of Riverside High School in Milwaukee, held the first rope-a-thon with her local American Heart Association chapter. Barkow’s rope-a-thon evolved into the modern-day Jump Rope for Heart program.

During Webling Elementary’s event, Soldiers instructed, ran, skipped and laughed with students as they went through the different exercise activities.

 

“As a mother, I know that it’s important that they are having fun when they get exercise, so it doesn’t seem like a drag,” Parham said. “What they don’t realize is, today they are doing half the stuff we do for (physical training) every day, but they are having fun doing it.”

The point of the event was summed up by Rucker’s parting words to the students: “No more Atari. No more Playstation. No more Wii. Just go outside and have fun.”

 

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