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Linda Gancitano and Jennifer Hoover of Driftwood Middle Academy of Health and Wellness Honored

Monday, December 07, 2015
Congratulations to Linda Gancitano and Jennifer Hoover of Driftwood Middle School in Hollywood for being selected as the Heart-Healthy School Award recipients for the 2014/15 school year. They are among only 12 people to receive a national American Heart Association (AHA) Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart (JRFH/HFH) Award. These programs are jointly sponsored by SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America and AHA to promote physical education and provide children with knowledge of heart disease and stroke. The funds raised go toward cardiovascular disease, stroke research and health education.

Each year, these awards are given to JRFH/HFH coordinators, school administrators, physical educators and cardiovascular disease survivors who have seen significant growth, helped with recruitment, garnered school and community support, and provided leadership within the organizations. Gancitano and Hoover will receive a membership to SHAPE America and complimentary registration to attend SHAPE America’s National Convention & Exposition, taking place in Minneapolis, April 5-9, 2016.

Gancitano and Hoover go above and beyond to share SHAPE America and AHA’s mission throughout entire school year. They do Red Outs, Fuel Up to Play 60, Football For Heart, Gardening for Grades, Health Rocks, and JRFH/HFH to create a culture of both physical activity and giving in the school. The duo has also trained their seventh and eighth grade students in CPR through an AHA grant. Driftwood Middle is an AHA Fit-Friendly Company championing workplace wellness.  

JRFH/HFH raises awareness regarding the importance of physical activity in preventing cardiovascular disease. “Incorporating these events, among others, throughout the school year gives students the opportunity to enjoy and experience different ways to have fun and be healthy,” said Hoover.

“Jump Rope Fort Heart and Hoops For Heart is one way health and physical educators can help to reach ‘50 Million Strong by 2029’, SHAPE America’s national initiative ensuring that all of America’s students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity for a lifetime,” says Stephen Jefferies, SHAPE America president.

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