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DENVER, CO – January 18, 2018 – The American Heart Association’s (AHA) and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children have joined forces to form an official partnership for youth programs in Colorado. As part of the partnership, the two community leaders will join forces on Jump Rope for Heart and create the new Heart Hero campaign, creating a community of healthy children and families.

As the official partner of AHA youth programs in Colorado, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children will sponsor a multi-platform campaign to highlight children as Heart Hero Survivors and Heart Health Heroes throughout several Denver-area school districts in 2018. The campaign will encompass 195 schools, impacting more than 100,000 enrolled students.

This unique partnership will provide our network of pediatric care specialists, the meaningful opportunity to connect with students and families throughout Denver in showcasing the importance of healthy, active lifestyles.
Maureen Tarrant, President & CEO

Parents and teachers will nominate individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to be heart healthy as Heart Health Heroes. They will be recognized with a Heart Health Hero cape at school celebration assemblies held from January to March 2018. Each of the 195 schools will have one Heart Healthy Hero award winner.

"We are honored to partner with the American Heart Association and their youth program Jump Rope for Heart to create the Heart Hero campaign," said Maureen Tarrant, President and CEO Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. "This unique partnership will provide our network of pediatric care specialists, the meaningful opportunity to connect with students and families throughout Denver in showcasing the importance of healthy, active lifestyles. We hope to inspire and be inspired through this powerful partnership!"

Jump Rope For Heart is a national education and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association. The program teaches students the value of community service and empowers them to contribute to their community's welfare. Children join together to help other kids with special hearts. Students also learn how to develop heart healthy habits while being physically active.

For more information on the campaign or to nominate a Heart Health Hero, visit www.heart.org/heartheroco.

About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – two of the leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s is a dedicated pediatric hospital and the anchor facility for HealthONE’s system of pediatric care. With more than 300 board-certified pediatric specialists and sub-specialists, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children provides the most complex care in the system. Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children has the largest Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the entire Rocky Mountain region. We have the most experienced high-risk maternal fetal program, a world-renowned specialized center for minimally invasive surgery for infants and children, and a nationally renowned institute for youth sports medicine, which includes a center, focused on concussion. Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children system of pediatric care offers nine other pediatric care locations throughout the Denver metro area. When parents come together with the doctors, nurses and staff at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children we can make amazing things happen. We are #AmazingTogether!