Poynette eighth grade students will play their hearts out in a basketball game on March 22.
But it isn’t just any old basketball game, as Poynette Middle School is hosting its 12th Annual Hoops for Heart event. School staff will play off with students to raise heart disease and health awareness through the American Heart Association. Between each quarter, there will be special events to raise funds for AHA.
Money from concessions and a 50/50 raffle will also be added to the association’s proceeds.
Event doors will open at 5 p.m. and the game will start at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $3 and children 5 years old and under are free to attend.
“The whole school really takes to this event,” said Morgan Serstad, Poynette Middle and Elementary School physical education teacher. “The (leadership team of seventh and eighth graders) takes the leadership… They know the event… They are excited about it.”
The AHA sponsors Hoops for Heart events all across the nation with a focus on basketball and the importance of exercise.
According to the AHA Hoops for Heart website, there are seven steps to being heart healthy that anyone can practice. They include managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, getting active, eating better, losing weight and quitting smoking. The Hoops for Heart event makes an example of the steps.
Serstad said she likes to incorporate heart-healthy practices into her classroom. With her middle school classes, Serstad discusses the short-term and long-term impacts of physical activity. She also has her students measure their heart rate and see how exercise affects it.
With elementary school students, Serstad said she talks more about how the body operates at varying levels of physical activity, from walking to sprinting.
For more information about Hoops for Heart events, visit the American Heart Association website www.heart.org.