Monday, October 10, 2011

North High jumps into effort to break world jumping jacks record

Students from two physical education classes at Denver's North High School will jump into national effort to break the Guinness World Record​ for the largest number of people doing jumping jacks in a 24 hour period.

To break the record, more than 20,425 people must do a solid minute of jumping jacks sometime between 1 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday. North students will get their jump going at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The record-breaking work is sponsored by National Geographic Kids and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! project to encourage better nutrition and fitness among kids.

"We're kicking off Michelle Obama's Let's Move in schools and supporting Colorado House Bill 1069 passed this summer," said Jeff Taylor, chairman of the Governor's Council for Physical Fitness in Colorado. "Doing jumping jacks is great because no equipment is needed. We hope it shows kids they can do something active and fun, like breaking a Guinness World Record."

The event is organized and supported by the Colorado Governor's Council for Physical Fitness, Colorado Association For Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance and the Colorado Special Olympics.

It's not too late to organize a jump of your own. Find the details and rules at National Geographic Kids: