CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dancing was part of the curriculum at Richmond Elementary School on Thursday morning.
Principal Terry Sauvageot joined the student body in the gym to dance to the radio hit, "Call Me Maybe," and other songs, as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage fitness and healthy habits in children.
"Why are we jammin'?" Savageot asked the crowd in-between dance moves.
"Because it's good for us,!" one student yelled. "It makes us strong," another replied.
People across the country vowed to simultaneously get their heart rates up at 10 a.m. on Thursday to spread awareness about the Just-A-Minute program, which integrates exercise into daily activities in an attempt to combat childhood obesity.
Acacia Fields, a fifth grader at Richmond, helped lead the dance, and said her teachers talk about the benefits of exercise often.
"We learn a lot about your cardiac workouts and things like that. Not every workout can be fun, but today's was," she said.
West Virginia had more people participate in the 60-second workout than any other state, with 124,141 residents signed in the online registry as of Thursday evening. That's about 8 percent of the population.
Colorado was in second place with 1.6 percent of its population taking part.
In 2011, 29 percent of children in West Virginia were obese, according to a WVU study. That means they are heavier than 95 percent of children the same height and age.