Michelle Obama Jumping Jacks

December 12, 2011 by staff 

Michelle Obama Jumping Jacks, As part of her child obesity project, first lady Michelle Obama announced today that students, teachers, and parents — joining with the organization National Geographic Kids — broke the Guinness world record for most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.

Mrs. Obama’s team pointed out that more than 300,265 people did jumping jacks during ceremonies around the world on Oct. 11-12.

“More than anything, I want to say, thanks to every single young person who showed that exercise isn’t just good for you, but that it’s fun too,” Mrs. Obama said in a video just released by the White House.

It’s an impressive feat, but more work remains, the first lady added.

“We’ve got an even bigger goal to after,” she said. “Ending childhood obesity in a generation.”

Some background from the White House:

Back in October, the First Lady joined students, teachers, and parents from all over the country to reach for a big goal: breaking the world record for the number of people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. The old record was over 20,000 people, so trying to break it was no small feat.

Today, we’re proud to announce that with your help, 300,265 people jumped that day! Breaking the record is a huge accomplishment. But we still have a lot of work left to do to meet an even bigger goal: ending childhood obesity within a generation so all children have a chance to grow up healthy and strong.

To reach that goal, we need to make sure that all kids are getting the nutrition they need, have a chance to be active each day and get support from our schools, families and communities. That’s what the Let’s Move! initiative is all about.

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