CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Kids across the globe were jammin’ it out Thursday. It was world JAM Day, short for Just a Minute. Kids all over West Virginia participated in the worldwide campaign. At Overbrook Elementary in Charleston the student body danced to a three-minute fitness routine aimed at raising their heart rates.
“We’re trying to make these kids aware that if they can just start moving for one minute and then two minutes and then to three minutes, that’s why it’s called Jammin’ for a Minute, increase their physical fitness daily,” Physical Education teacher Dana Callaghan said.
All the students gathered outside the school to do a high-energy dance they’d been practicing for weeks.
“They love it,” according to Callaghan. “It’s a fun activity for all the kids!” And the teachers too who were dancing right along when the music started.
West Virginia has been facing an obesity crisis for years, especially among young people. Even though those numbers are starting to improve, Callaghan said it’s important to teach kids early to get active and what better way to do it.
“They’re going to be raising the roof, hula hooping, jumping, just having a good time,” she stressed.
Instead of the old push-ups and jumping jacks, Callaghan said they using modern movement with high energy music that get hearts pumping.
The goal of this year’s JAM Day was to get 3 million kids across the world involved in the program.