First lady Michelle Obama said that a world record for jumping jacks has been broken.
Obama led 464 students on the South Lawn of the White House to break the Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping backs in a 24-hour period in October. She said that overall, 300,265 participated from around the world as part of her initiaive, which shattered the old record of more than 20,000 people.
“I am proud to announce we broke that old record—and not by just a little bit,” she said in a video on the Let’s Move! website.The event was part of her Let’s Move! program to promote fitness and healthy eating for children, citing the obesity epidemic in the United States as a major point of concern.
“If we don’t solve this problem, one-third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives,” the Let’s Move! website states.