Students at Egan Junior High School will participate in “Jamba Jump Day,” an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “The Most People Jumping/Skipping Rope at the Same Time” tomorrow, Monday, February 1.
The California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) and Jamba Juice, Inc. are coordinating the event which is taking place in celebration of both CAHPERD’s 80th anniversary and the start of “American Heart Month.”
The American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart” and the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports programs are also taking part in organizing the event.
The goal of the Jamba Jump is to teach kids to maintain their health through regular aerobic activity and to make healthier eating choices. Jamba Juice oatmeal will be offered at select locations in an attempt to introduce children to wholesome foods.
At 9 a.m., CAHPERD and Jamba Juice leaders, volunteers and students will begin jump roping in the hopes of breaking the world record of 59,000 people set by Australia. CAHPERD’s goal is to have over 80,000 people. Participants will jump rope simultaneously for 10 minutes to promote heart-healthy living.
The Jamba Jump is taking place at over 2,000 locations throughout California in schools, nonprofit organization, businesses, service organizations and clubs. Egan Junior High School will be one of the schools participating in the event.
“I think what pulled me toward this event and getting Egan students involved was the simplicity of jumping rope,” Physical Education teacher Christine Eustice said. “All you need is a rope and you can get a great workout while having fun: cardiovascular, strength, balance and coordination [and] creativity.”
According to Eustice, all students at Egan will be participating in the Jamba Jump.
“We will have approximately 550 people jumping at Egan,” Eustice said.
Students will simultaneously jump from 9 to 9:10 a.m. A special schedule will be followed to accommodate the event.