Peter Nestler gets some air during a skipping demonstration
in the Edgar Centre yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
More than 100 Dunedin children skipped school yesterday.
But they were not playing truant; they were learning an
important health lesson.
Seven-time world skipping champion Peter Nestler, of Juneau,
Alaska, showed the pupils the ropes during a demonstration at
the Edgar Centre about healthy lifestyles and fitness.
"I meet people all the time who laugh when I say I jump rope
for a job," Mr Nestler said, laughing himself.
"But it's one of the best forms of exercise there is. It's so
great for hand-eye co-ordination. It blows running out of the
water, because there's no monotony.
There are just so many tricks you can learn."
Years 4 to 8 pupils from 30 Dunedin primary schools took part
in the demonstration. "We're trying to promote physical
activity, and jump rope is inexpensive. You don't need a lot
of room and you can do it as an individual or as a group," Mr
The demonstration was part of the Heart Foundation's "Jump
Rope For Heart" national tour.
"It's about getting kids active in a fun way," Heart
Foundation Dunedin health promotion co-ordinator Jo Arthur
"We're training these kids as leaders, so they can go back to
their schools and become role models."
A presentation on nutrition and healthy eating was also held
for parents during the workshop.