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NORFOLK, Va. (10/14/2011)  – Sailors from U.S. Fleet Forces Command visited Larchmont Elementary to witness nearly 600 students participate in a jumping jacks challenge Oct. 12.

Chief Petty Officer Yolanda Wood, a yeoman from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, jumps with Larchmont Elementary students during the Guinness Book of World Records Jumping Jack Challenge on Oct. 12, 2011. Fleet Forces Command Sailors participated in the event with more than 600 Larchmont students as part of the worldwide effort led by National Geographic Kids magazine and first lady Michelle Obama to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Julie Matyascik
Chief Petty Officer Yolanda Wood, a yeoman from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, jumps with Larchmont Elementary students during the Guinness Book of World Records Jumping Jack Challenge on Oct. 12, 2011. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Julie Matyascik

Petty Officer 2nd Class Monique Merjudio, a yeoman from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, high-fives a Larchmont Elementary students following the Guinness Book of World Records Jumping Jack Challenge on Oct. 12, 2011. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Julie Matyascik
Petty Officer 2nd Class Monique Merjudio, a yeoman from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, high-fives a Larchmont Elementary students following the Guinness Book of World Records Jumping Jack Challenge on Oct. 12, 2011. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Julie Matyascik

 Larchmont's participation was part of a worldwide effort led by National Geographic Kids magazine and first lady Michelle Obama to promote physical fitness by breaking the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period.

To accomplish the goal, more than 20,000 people around the world had to perform jumping jacks for one minute.

Larchmont's Physical Education Teacher Ali Fortier, learned about the “Get Fit” jumping jack challenge by signing up for Michelle Obama's “Let's Move” program campaign on the Internet and coordinated with the principal for approval.

The school extended an invitation for sailors from USFF to participate and witness the historic event.

“This was a great opportunity for the Navy to show that we care about being fit to fight and that we support events like this that support a healthy lifestyle,” said Petty Officer 1st Class (SW) Warren Martin, a cryptologic technician (collection) .

During the one-minute jumping jacks exercise, the school provided music to make the event fun for the children.

“I really enjoyed doing the jumping jacks,” said Marshall Powell, Larchmont first grader. “It was very fun.”

WWith the challenge complete, the students along with the nation wait to see if they broke the record. And even if they didn't, Larchmont educators say they will continue to support the Get Fit program.

“We fully support Michelle Obama's Get Fit 
program, said Larchmont's Principal Patricia Melise. “I think it's wonderful she puts fitness as a priority because it is something wepromote here every day.”

Fortier added that promoting healthy lifestyles now will help the students out in the long run.

“I want them to learn now how to be healthy and fit, so when they are adults they can continue to stay fit and healthy,” she said.

By Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Rafael artie
U.S. Fleet Forces Command
Provided through DVIDS
Copyright 2011

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