Register for the free Jump Jam Double Dutch Challenge in Saint Paul
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – June 25, 2012 – Adults and children over the age of 10 can register until Saturday July 14, 2012 for a summer Jump Jam Double Dutch jump rope challenge. People can register online at www.healthpartners.com/jumpjam or at one of the five participating recreation centers: Wellstone Center, 179 Robie Street East; Linwood Recreation Center, 860 St. Clair Ave.; Oxford/Jimmy Lee Recreation Center, 270 Lexington Pkwy North; Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center, 790 Conway Ave.; Rice Recreation Center 1021 Marion St. Double Dutch lessons will be offered free-of-charge at open sessions at each Rec Center.
No experience is necessary; Double Dutch open sessions are held daily at the recreation centers and coaches are available to teach Double Dutch. Finalists from each Recreation Center will compete in a city challenge on Saturday Aug. 18, 2012.
The Double Dutch event is a great way to prove that we can improve health in our community and have fun doing it. I encourage Saint Paul residents of all ages to participate in this healthy and exciting challenge, Mayor Chris Coleman said.
Sponsoring events like the summer Jump Jam is among the best investments we can make in the health of our community because it’s a fun way to help kids take charge of their health and establish habits that can last a lifetime, said Mary Brainerd, HealthPartners president and CEO.
Health benefits of jumping rope
Jumping rope for five to ten minutes a day can provide the same health benefits as 30 minutes of jogging, two sets of tennis singles or 18 holes of golf, according to the Jump Rope Institute. In addition, jumping helps improve spacial awareness, reading skills, memory and mental alertness.
Founded in 1957, the HealthPartners (www.healthpartners.com) family of health care companies serves more than 1.4 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. HealthPartners is the top-ranked commercial health plan in Minnesota and is also ranked among the top 25 plans in the nation according to NCQA's Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2011-12 – private.