Southern Crescent youngsters jumping for fitness



This week, youths around the Southern Crescent joined their peers from around the country in order to achieve a world record.

National Geographic Kids magazine received the support of First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as several local groups of young people, in an effort to set a record for with Guinness World Records, for the most people doing Jumping Jacks in a 24-hour period.

The “Let’s Jump!” event supports The First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, encouraging children and families to get active and stay healthy. It serves partly as a campaign to help raise awareness about the nation’s obesity epidemic.

To make the world record, more than 20,000 people worldwide need to complete one minute of Jumping Jacks in events occurring between 3 p.m., Eastern Time on Tuesday, and 3 p.m., Eastern Time on Wednesday.

At 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Matt Minter, of Locust Grove Karate, hosted 17 people who committed to a minute of Jumping Jacks.

Groups up to, and more than, 100 jumpers participated across the country. Students at Red Oak Elementary School, in Stockbridge, also participated in the event, according to Tameka McCrae-Edgecombe, school counselor at Red Oak.

National Geographic Kids magazine encourages children and families to get teams, classmates, organizations and communities to join them in breaking the magazine’s fifth Guinness World Record.

To learn more about the campaign, visit the National Geographic Kids magazine web site at www.Kids.NationalGeographic.com/Lets-Jump.