We JUMPED into a brand new Guinness World Record!

Way to go jumpers! With your help, National Geographic Kids has broken the Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period! Between 3 p.m. on October 11 and 3 p.m. on October 12, 300,265 jumpers all over the world took part in the event–far surpassing the existing record of 20,425! Check out this awesome video of Michelle Obama congratulating … Continue reading We JUMPED into a brand new Guinness World Record!

Five for Friday: Five Highlights from Let’s Jump!

Let’s Jump!, a National Geographic Kids movement to promote active, healthy life styles for kids, joined with Michelle Obama October 11-12th in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most people doing jumping jacks. Participants had a 24 hour window to preform, document, and submit proof of one full minute of jumping jacks in order to be counted towards the record.  It will require over 20,000 submissions to set a new world record and final results will still take a few weeks to be tabulated. From what we have seen so far, the event was quite successful; it connected students, clubs, sport teams and friends across the world to compete for a common goal. This week’s Five for Friday celebrates an amazing effort in childhood health and education by bringing you five highlights from the event!

1. Michelle Obama‘s commitment to the event and her participation! Not to mention the additional 500 local school children who joined her on the White House lawn. Michelle was quoted saying, “As a first lady I get to do a lot of cool things, but this is really exciting. I never thought in my entire life I would be setting a Guinness World Record!” See more coverage on the event from The White House Blog.

2. Adorable kindergartners from Phillips Elementary School doing jumping jacks and their reactions to the Let’s Jump event:

  • “Jumping Jacks were ok, but it’d be awesome to be in the Guinness World Records Book!”
  • “I think doing jumping jacks after lunch was really fun! I’m usually so tired after lunch, but now I’m really awake.”
  • “I really liked doing it with my whole class. Even Ms. Sykes jumped with us!”

3. The event resulted in more than 350 media hits from major news outlets across the nation and around the world including:  NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, TIME, NPR, USA Today, The Washington Post, and more! Celebrities such as U.S. figure skater Michelle Kwan and NBC weather man Al Roker helped host the White House event!

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Let’s Jump! With NatGeo and Michelle Obama!

Join National Geographic and First Lady Michelle Obama this October 11-12 to help break the Guinness World record for the most people doing jumping jacks. All it takes is one minute of your best jumping-jacks to be a part of history! http://kidsblogs.nationalgeographic.com/letsjump/ We need more than 20,000 people around the world to participate if we are going to jump into a new record. So, gather … Continue reading Let’s Jump! With NatGeo and Michelle Obama!