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First Lady Michelle Obama is continuing her campaign to inspire the country's youth to get off the couch and to get active by going for a Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. On Tuesday, the POTUS and National Geographic Kids will lead hundreds of DC children in doing one minute of jumping jacks on the South Lawn.
Like all official Guiness record attempts, an official from Guinness World Records will be on location to start the 24 hour event. The POTUS needs more than 20,000 people around the world to do jumping jacks for a minute straight to break the record.
Obama is proving to be really, really good at using smart public relations for her "Let's Move" initiative. Despite numerous personal attacks, Obama has pulled off the successful partnership with bombshell Beyonce, the soulful popstar, who contributed to Obama's campaign by reworking her song "Get Me Bodied" into a workout anthem for today's youth.
She has also brought numerous celebrities to the White House to tour its organic garden. All of these are attempts to make healthy eating and exercise interesting to a country hooked on junk food. In fact, over the last 30 years childhood obesity rates have tripled. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese.