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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Laura Munley Hired as New Joint Projects Manager for Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart Educational Programs
RESTON, VA, July 29, 2013– The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) has named Laura Munley the new joint projects program manager for its signature national educational fund development programs, Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart (JRH/HFH), co-sponsored with the American Heart Association (AHA).
In her new role, Munley is responsible for working with state and local partners as well as volunteers to promote and implement activities for both projects. Geared towards elementary and middle school aged children, JRH/HFH have been in existence since the late 1970's and 1980's respectively, and promote physical activity, heart-healthy living and community service to children.
In addition, the programs promote physical education and provide children with knowledge of heart disease and stroke while raising funds for cardiovascular disease research, stroke research and health education.
"Addressing heart disease and other chronic conditions through better eating and smarter lifestyle choices, we must continue to teach the importance of physical fitness and heart health to our children, starting at a young age," says AAHPERD CEO E. Paul Roetert. "We look forward to seeing Laura spur a renewed excitement for these programs with physical education teachers across the country."
Munley joined AAHPERD's membership department in April. Prior to that, she was the member services manager for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys where she oversaw member recruitment and activities between national office, state chapters, and special interest sections. She has also worked extensively for the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), providing guidance to research teams on project management and planning and acted as the primary point of contact across a four-state region.
"Health and education have always been issues I care deeply about. My new position will allow me to merge my interests and make an impact on both the grassroots and national level," adds Munley.The new joints project program manager holds a M.A. in government from the John Hopkins University and a B.A. from the University of Maryland in government and politics.
To learn more about JRH/HFH visit, http://www.aahperd.org/jump/aboutjump/.