EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSJAMMING FOR HEALTH
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Students Across The Nation Take Just A Minute To Get Up And Move
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 27, 2012 3:54 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 27, 2012 4:39 PM EDT
South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Nationwide students were taking Just-A-Minute (JAM) to get up and move Thursday.
It's all part of a national campaign aimed at encouraging kids to exercise and improve their overall health. The campaign asks teachers and staff to incorporate one minute of standing or moving into their curriculum each day.
At Richmond Elementary School in South Charleston, students took time out of the day to dance to a choreographed version of two songs.
"These kids here, they were excited about it," Physical Education Teacher Dana Callaghan said.
"JAM" is part of Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign.
"Obama wants us to dance, so we can get healthy and get more active throughout the day," fifth-grader Constance McQuerrey said.
Studies show the benefits from exercising go beyond heart health and may even improve brain power.
"Our test scores in the school have gone up this year," Callaghan said, "and I like to think it's because I have really tried to get these kids moving."
With all of the activity, McQuerrey said, students can “learn more and make our brains healthier."
West Virginia had the highest percentage of students participating in the campaign Thursday compared to any other state.
Callaghan says she introduces a new physical challenge to the students once a month. Right now, their challenge is 100 laps in 100 days.
All of the activities have the same goal in mind. Fifth-grader Abigail Chandler said it helps “so you can live longer and do more things.”
The students have fun while getting healthy, and the teachers notice improvements in test scores.
The JAM Campaign was also created to break a world record. The goal was to get two million kids up and moving at the same time. All schools were asked to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday. It will take a couple of days to find out if the record was set.
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