CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- About 450 Overbrook Elementary school students were among those who took part Thursday in a nationwide effort as part of the Just-A-Minute -- or JAM -- program, which integrates exercise into daily activities in an attempt to combat childhood obesity.
The Associated Press reported more than 60,000 students in schools across the state joined in the attempt to set a world record Thursday by performing a one-minute physical routine set to the song "It Only Takes a Minute" by Bess Beckman.
Yet according to the jamworldrecord.org website, West Virginia actually had more than 95,000 people signed up to participate, or slightly more than 6 percent of the population, giving it the highest percent participation of any state.
Colorado was in second place with 2.6 percent of its population taking part.
"It's just awareness to get fit," said Dana Callaghan, an Overbook physical education instructor who helped lead the school's participation. "For one minute, two minutes, three minutes, whatever -- you just have to start somewhere."
The JAM School Program, which originated in Los Angeles, was designed to encourage students to spend at least one minute a day moving.
The JAMmin' Minute effort is part of the Let's Move West Virginia Active Schools campaign and first lady Michelle Obama's national Let's Move campaign.
A recent study by Voices for Health Kids found more than 27 percent of the state's fifth-graders were considered obese in 2011.
For the latest numbers on the world record attempt, visit the website at www.jamworldrecord.org.
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