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Posted February 5, 2015

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John Baker PE Teacher Honored for Educating Students on Heart Disease

Ann Paulls-Neal will be recognized nationally for her support of the Jump Rope for the Heart and Hoops for Heart educational fund development program.

With heart disease still ranked as the number one killer of men and women in the U.S., Albuquerque physical educator Ann Paulls–Neal will be recognized nationally for her dedication to educating students on cardiovascular disease and prevention and for her outstanding fundraising efforts for the Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart educational fund development program.

Paulls-Neal has been holding school events for the past 16 years, raising more than $15,000 and more than $3,500 in the 2013-14 school year. This year's event is Friday, Feb. 6. She has found that the program not only raises funds for an important cause and is educational, but also builds confidence.

“My older elementary students apply to be helpers during our annual February event. I even have students from Eldorado High School participating. It is an absolute highlight when one of my students ‘knocks out' one of the high schoolers or one of the high schoolers dunks!”

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators – will honor Paulls-Neal with the 2015 SHAPE America National Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart Recognition Award on March 19 during its National Convention & Expo in Seattle, WA, March 17-21.

The national award is given to a SHAPE America member who is a JRFH/HFH coordinator and demonstrates commitment, leadership, and creative involvement to the program and to the national nonprofit membership association.

Sponsored by SHAPE America and the American Heart Association, JRFH/HFH promotes physical education and provides children with knowledge of heart disease and stroke. The funds raised go towards cardiovascular disease and stroke research and health education.

Paulls-Neal is no stranger to stepping up to the plate; she has been awarded a Hoops for Heart program coordinator award, Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Professional Achievement Award from SHAPE America’s New Mexico affiliate, New Mexico Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NMAHPERD).

She holds a bachelor of science in physical education from the University of New Mexico.

“Ann goes beyond the call of duty because she cares so much about each of her students, making sure they understand the value of physical education and physical activity at an early age as well other life-lessons they learn through the program’s fundraising, daily lesson plans and school-wide event,” says Janeen McDonald, vice president-youth market, American Heart Association, Southwest Affiliate.

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