May 2018
Indiana Society for Health and Physical Educators

JRFH / HFH Announcement

Thank you for 39 great years

In the late 1970s, physical education teacher and SHAPE America member Jean Barkow of Milwaukee’s Riverside High School held the first “Jump-Rope-a-Thon” to build community spirit and get students excited about physical activity, all while raising money for her local American Heart Association Chapter.
Jean’s event was a big success and other schools soon held events of their own. Shortly thereafter, the Jump Rope For Heart program was launched nationwide, co-sponsored by SHAPE America, INSHAPE and the American Heart Association.
Now, 39 years later, Jean’s vision and passion have impacted millions of children, teachers and families who know more about heart health and the importance of physical activity because of their participation in the Jump Rope For Heart - and Hoops For Heart - programs.
In schools across Indiana, these programs have instilled students with a sense of pride and altruism through their fundraising efforts for heart-health research. Students have also experienced moments of pure joy by accomplishing their goals alongside their peers and teachers.
These programs have made a significant impact on Indiana schools and communities and we are truly grateful for the tireless dedication of our members and the countless volunteers who have ensured the success of JRFH/HFH.
Over the decades, the needs of our respective organizations have changed. After nearly 40 years, it’s now time to head in a new direction. On July 1, 2018, the Joint Project partnership between SHAPE America, INSHAPE, and the American Heart Association will conclude.
We remain committed to providing you with the tools and resources you need to help students live their best life through effective health and physical education. INSHAPE will still provide a free INSHAPE membership for teachers who raise the qualifying amount in 2017-2018. Likewise, we will have a special event for all JRFH/HFH teachers at the state conference.
I look forward to honoring Sunni Rossi, longtime AHA Regional Vice President, as the 2018 INSHAPE Special Contributor Award recipient. Please come celebrate with her at the Hall of Fame Banquet during the INSHAPE conference.
We are excited about new opportunities and partnerships on the horizon that will give you more choices for school-wide programs that get students and families excited about health, physical education and physical activity - all while raising much-needed funds for your school and community.
As the school year comes to a close, I wish you an active and healthy summer and look forward to an exciting year ahead. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at

Gary Lemke,
INSHAPE President
Save the date: The 2018 INSHAPE State Conference is November 4 - 6, 2018. Details announced shortly.

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“May I have your attention?” It’s a daily challenge familiar to all elementary educators: transitioning students from the social scene following morning drop-off to the desired state of “learning readiness” once they are seated in the classroom. Could a certain type of physical activity be the key that opens a receptive mind?

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