News hopping on jumping jacks |

News hopping on jumping jacks

Staff Reports

The news about children’s fitness is jumping, jumping jacks that is.

School children from Bridgeport to Carson Valley are participating in the Let’s Move in Schools initiative by doing jumping jacks for a minute.

And the Boys & Girls Clubs of America have received word that an effort to break a Guiness World Record for the number of people doing jumping jacks at one time.

Last spring, 54 jumpers from the Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley joined 20,425 of their fellows across the country through the organization’s Triple Play program. This program, supported by founding sponsor Coca-Cola and the WellPoint Foundation, encourages kids to eat a balanced diet, become more physically active and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships.

“Young people living healthy, active lifestyles puts them on a pathway to a great future,” said Hal Hansen, CPO Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada. “We are proud that our members faced the jumping jack challenge and came out record breakers!”

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a video message congratulating BGCA on the two-minute record-breaking attempt.

She is encouraging school children around the nation to participate in the “Let’s Jump” sponsored by the National Geographic Kids, to set a world record by having as many people as possible all over the world peform jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.

Carson Valley Middle School English Teacher Pamela Higman said the school is planning on rotating the entire student body out onto the blacktop for a minute to help reach the goal.

Meneley, Pinon Hills, Scarselli, Bridgeport and Antelope elementary schools are also participating.