More than 90 children from the Santa Barbara area attempted to jump their way into the Guinness Book of World Records on Tuesday, October 11, in an effort joined by thousands across the globe. Volunteers from Girls Inc., the Boys & Girls Club, and La Cumbre Junior High teamed up with La Cumbre Plaza to help National Geographic Kids magazine set the world record for most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. Dee Elias from DeeTours of Santa Barbara was the official timekeeper of the event and even brought her Jeep for the children to take pictures with.

Dozens of kids gathered at La Cumbre Plaza on October 11 to get healthy by setting a world record for jumping jacks.
Vanessa Arizmendi

As a part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, “Let’s Jump!” joined the effort to get children healthy and active with each other. In order to the set the world record, more than 20,000 people pledged to jump for one minute between October 11 and October 12. The First Lady herself kick started the event with a minute of jumping jacks at the White House.

Some of the dozens who tried to set a world record for jumping jacks on Tuesday at La Cumbre Plaza.
Vanessa Arizmendi

While the results of the attempt won’t be in until the end of the month, organizers and parents hope it will help promote healthier lifestyles in the long run. “It was a fun little event for the kids,” said La Cumbre parent Judi Sotelo, “and I have confidence we can continue to teach our kids that exercise can be enjoyable and rewarding.”


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