On October 11th 20011, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted local children on the South Whitehouse lawn. Little did she know that that day she would break a Guinness world record. The first Lady attempted to take the title for most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. Obama announced in an email Monday, Dec. 12, 2012, her October bid to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period succeeded. The tally revealed that 300,265 people participated, shattering the old record. Michelle Obama now holds part of the world record. In order to achieve her goal, Mrs. Obama led 400 elementary and middle school students in this jumping jacks exhibition. Jumping Jacks activities were held around the world on October 11th. The effort was organized by National geographic Kids magazine in support of the first Lady’s lets move initiative. This campaign was put in place to promote physical fitness and healthy eating for children.
As she etches her name in the history books she surpasses the previous record of 20,000 thanks to the help of over 300,000 other participants. Mrs. Obama hopes physical fitness will become a priority for the 300,000 plus kids that participated. If this is the case this will be possibly on of the largest scale effective fitness events in history. At a time where child obesity is at an all time high, this is much needed. Childhood obesity is nearing epidemic proportions in the United States, with the incidents tripling in the last 30 years. It is estimated that one-third of people under 18 are considered overweight or obese, and according to the center of disease control and prevention one sixth of children and adolescents are classified as obese. Mrs. Obama has definitely served our country well by promoting proper health to the youth. For that we solute and honor Mrs. Obama on her efforts.