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Students ‘JAM’ to break record

Youth get moving

October 22, 2012
By Jason Raiche - staff writer ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - Escanaba Junior and Senior High School students were part of a recent campaign to break a fitness activity world record at the end of September. The official results were released this month.

Students took part in the JAM (Just-a-Minute) World Record 2012 campaign Sept. 27. The campaign was for students to be engaged in physical activity for one minute at 10 a.m. local time with the goal of reaching 2 million participants around the globe.

According to the JAM World Record Facebook page, the campaign had more than 1.3 million participants, which fell a bit short of their goal of reaching 2 million participants worldwide. Michigan ranked 27th of all the states participating.

The JAM World Record campaign is designed to be a fun event for everyone to pause and take one minute for a fitness break. According to the JAM World Record website, the campaign "is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of making activity a daily habit, ensuring our kids learn healthy habits at a young age and our schools have access to quality physical education programs."

Vicki Volk, a Spanish teacher at the high school, said this was a school-wide event that has taken place in the past as well.

"Our physical education department always makes sure we get involved," she said.

This year, Escanaba Junior and Senior High School students did 30 seconds of jumping jacks and 30 seconds of jogging in place during their one minute of activity.

Volk took her class outside for their one minute and said her students had fun with the campaign as the boys in class wore fake mustaches and some students wore sombreros.

"I know some people just did it in their classrooms, but I didn't really have room in here, and I'm so close to the door so we just went out into the courtyard," she said.

Volk noted students seem to really like participating in this event.

"They really enjoy it," she said. "It's just a break, because being physically active gives you a mental break too."

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