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Heart health is the pulse of Fort Zumwalt

Fort Zumwalt physical education teachers pose with an American Heart Association fundraising banner. Photo courtesy of FZSD website.

Through activities focused on promoting good health and healthy hearts, Fort Zumwalt School District [FZSD] consistently demonstrates support for the American Heart Association.

At a recent Board of Education meeting, Barb Reyering, a representative from the American Heart Association, credited FZSD students, nurses and physical education teachers for working together to raise $163,450 for the nonprofit. #FZCommunity hosts Jump Rope for Heart, Dodgeball for Heart and Hoops for Heart to raise awareness and funds for public health education and research.

In 2017 – after four consecutive years as the top district in the state – Fort Zumwalt finished behind Rockwood. Reyering recognized Twin Chimneys Elementary for raising more than $23,000, earning a spot as fifth in the state, with Jump Rope for Heart. DuBray Middle School raised more than $8,000 with Hoops for Heart, ranking tenth in the state.

Reyering explained to the board that the ongoing commitment to healthier lifestyles is the work of Fort Zumwalt PE teachers and school nurses by helping students learn at an early age the importance of eating right, exercise and not smoking – all of which are good habits that create a heart-healthy lifestyle.


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