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
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.
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
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.”
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