[SCV Boys & Girls Club] – They jumped … and jumped…and jumped – nonstop for two consecutive minutes. In doing so, members of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley have officially broken the Guinness World Record for Star Jumps (Jumping Jacks). The news comes after months of anticipation since the record-breaking attempt occurred on March 22, 2011 as part of a nationwide effort by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to have the most people doing Star Jumps in multiple venues simultaneously for two minutes.
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley contributed 90 jumpers to the official multi-venue total of 20,425 at 362 locations. BGCA embarked on this initiative with its Clubs across the country and on U.S. military bases overseas through the organization’s Triple Play program. This program, supported by founding sponsor Coca-Cola and the WellPoint Foundation, encourages kids to eat a balanced diet, become more physically active and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships.
“People living healthy, active lifestyles are on a pathway to a great future,” said Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the local Club. “We are proud that our members faced the jumping jack challenge and came out record breakers!”
The Triple Play program’s sponsors are equally proud. “The WellPoint Foundation is proud to support the Triple Play program, and we applaud all the Boys & Girls Club members who jumped their way to a new world record earlier this year,” said Lance Chrisman, executive director of the WellPoint Foundation. “By taking part in this event you’ve inspired all of us to reach for new heights and to make healthy, active lifestyles a part of our daily lives. Congratulations on not just breaking, but shattering the previous record!”
Quinton Martin, vice president of community marketing for Coca-Cola, added, “Coca-Cola is happy to continue our support of the Triple Play program in partnership with the WellPoint Foundation. The research points to success – Triple Play is getting kids to exercise more, eat a variety of foods and feel better about themselves. As part of our Live Positively philosophy, Coca-Cola is committed to promoting programs that help everyone live active, healthy lifestyles.”
At BGCA’s national conference this past May, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a video message congratulating BGCA on the two-minute record-breaking attempt. Perhaps she was inspired by the effort as she’s leading an effort this month on a one-minute version.
What’s next? BGCA is exploring another healthy lifestyles world record to break in 2012. For more information about how you can involve your children in programs like Triple Play, please contact the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley at 661-254-CLUB or visit http://www.scvbgc.org.
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley is a member of BGCA. The local Club was formed in 1968 by a group of community leaders who recognized the need for high-quality programs and facilities at affordable costs for area young people. The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley now serves more than 2,400 youth, ages 7-17, at facilities in Newhall and Canyon Country. Programs engage members in education and career exploration, the arts, sports, recreation and fitness, character and leadership development, and healthy life choices.
A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul was launched in 2005 by BGCA in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services with support from The Coca-Cola Company to encourage kids to eat a balanced diet, become more physically active and increase their ability to engage in healthy relationships. A two-year study of more than 2,000 children ages 9-14 showed that Triple Play succeeded in getting them to exercise more, eat healthier foods and feel better about themselves. The study found that Triple Play kids increased to 90 percent of the federally recommended amount of daily exercise, which is 60 minutes a day for children, while their peers outside the program decreased to 78 percent. To date, Triple Play has helped more than one million kids learn the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition. In 2011, the WellPoint Foundation joined BGCA and Coca-Cola as a Triple Play sponsor. Learn more about the program at www.bgca.org/tripleplay