The Delaware City School District is getting the message out about having a healthy ticker.
White Out for Heart Awareness is a nationwide campaign set up by the American Heart Association in order to make people aware of various heart conditions and preventable heart diseases.
The district was set to kick off the campaign during a basketball game Friday, Jan. 24, at Hayes High School. The district will continue with its awareness campaign throughout February, which is Heart Health Month.
Each school in the district has a "heart hero," a student suffering from a heart-related condition. Their stories have been put on fliers and posted at each school.
Willis Intermediate School and the elementary schools have daily heart-health messages for students. In addition, students will take part in three 10-minute blocks of exercise at their desks every day.
The exercises were developed by Ohio first lady Karen Kasich and Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The schools are selling "Get Fired Up" T-shirts to raise money for the American Heart Association. District nurse Eileen Duffy said $4,500 has been raised via T-shirt sales.
Students planned to wear the shirts to the Jan. 24 basketball game, during which all the schools' heart heroes were to be recognized.
Duffy said the district chose to kick off the special events in January so teachers could spend a month more talking about having a healthy heart.
"We will be promoting heart-healthy options for lunch by featuring teachers' favorite lunch options," she said.
Duffy said the district is promoting heart health to teachers as well. A health screening for staff is planned. "A lot of people don't want to know if they have hypertension or obesity, but we need to be aware of these things in order to avoid life-threatening heart issues," she said.