Durham groups participate in jumping jacks record

Posted October 11, 2011 4:09 p.m. EDT
Updated October 12, 2011 4:56 p.m. EDT

— As First lady Michelle Obama tries to help set a world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period, one group is already celebrating its own jumping-jacks record.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America got 20,425 people to do jumping jacks in 362 locations nationwide for two minutes on March 22. Local, the Duke Durham Health Initiative and the Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Co. participated in the record.

On Tuesday, Obama led about 400 elementary and middle-school students from Washington, Maryland and Virginia in one minute of continuous jumping jacks on the South Lawn of the White House.

To break the record, more than 20,425 people from around the world must be recorded doing jumping jacks by 3 p.m. Wednesday. National Geographic Kids magazine is supporting Mrs. Obama's initiative by hosting events across the country in schools, malls, parks and other places.

"The whole country, the world is going to see just how much fun we can have – not just breaking a world record but also doing some exercise," she said.

A proponent of healthy eating and exercise, Obama told the children there are many ways to keep moving, from walking the dog to dancing in the backyard. Hundreds of kids sought high-fives, hugs and handshakes from her after completing their jumping jacks.

She was joined by "Today" weather anchor Al Roker and Olympic ice skater Michelle Kwan, a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

The students were from Paul Public Charter School, John Eaton Elementary School, Stuart-Hobson Middle School and Watkins Elementary School, all in Washington, D.C.; Hampstead Hills Academy in Baltimore, Md.; and Lake Ridge Elementary in Lake Ridge, Va.

The event was a part of the first lady's Let's Move! initiative to promote physical fitness and healthy eating for children.