Are you ready for your JAMmin’ Minute? If so, you could help set a world record.
An upcoming national physical activity initiative is aiming to get Americans across the country to take part in a one-minute physical fitness routine on Sept. 27. Based primarily in schools, the JAM World Record 2012 is aiming to get at least 2 million to drop what they’re doing at 10 a.m. local time to do a simple JAM (Just-a-Minute) workout.
“It's the first time in history that everyone can participate in a world record and the best part is that it’s designed to improve personal health and the health of our nation,” says PreventObesity.net Leader Patti Howell, executive director of the JAM School Program and creator of the JAMmin’ Minute. “It offers people of all ages and abilities an opportunity to participate, and those who might not otherwise ever be able to be in a world record.”
Organizers claim the event will be the first national physical activity initiative led by children, as kids came up with the fitness routine and schools will be the forefront of the effort. More than 250,000 people already have signed up for the JAM World Record, and Howell anticipates participation will skyrocket as kids head back to school.
The overarching goal of the event is to educate people about the importance of making physical activity a daily habit. Howell says organizers decided to base the efforts in schools because “most public health campaigns find success through schools.”
“We will be crediting our schools and kids for their work that is changing lives,” she adds. “How great would it be to pause America… to focus on your health.”
To add a little friendly competition to the event, states also will go head-to-head to see who can recruit the most people to take part. The state with the highest percentage of its population that participates will be awarded the National JAM Title.
As of press time, West Virginia led percentage-wise with 2.01 percent of the population pledging to participate. Florida was in second, with .65 percent of its population, or 121,639 people, taking the pledge.
The minute-long JAM World Record routine already is available online, and consists of simple moves that most people can do, including “Raise the Roof,” “Knees, Waist, Toss Arms” and “Hula Hoop.”
The JAM School Program is partnering with Let’s Move in School, the consultant firm ConnectTIVITY and fundraising platform Buy4.com on the effort.
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