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Want a chance to break a Guinness World Record? It literally will only take a minute of your family’s time. (Bonus: it’s good for you!) Starting Tuesday afternoon, National Geographic Kids, along with First Lady and "Jumper in Chief" Michelle Obama, will kick off "Let’s Jump!" aimed at breaking the world’s record for most people doing at least one minute of continuous jumping jacks during a 24-hour period.
The goal -- aside from bragging rights and some ink in the Guinness Book of World Records -- is to encourage kids to move their bodies and stay healthy. Fighting childhood obesity has been a passionate issue for Michelle Obama ever since launching her Let’s Move! initiative in February 2010.
On Tuesday, the First Lady will join hundreds of Washington DC-area children on the White House lawn to jump her way into proving that exercise is no dreaded chore. "This event is a perfect example of how easy and fun it is to get active," she wrote in a letter to school kids encouraging them to jump with her to break the record. "I love jumping, dancing and getting outside to play with kids across our country." (Obama’s not the only notable who’s encouraging kids to get moving. Mama-to-be Beyonce joined forces with the Let’s Move! campaign and filmed a fierce video encouraging kids to eat right and exercise.)
To break the record, more than 20,425 jumpers need to log their minute between 3 p.m. ET Tuesday, and 3 p.m. the following day. There are hundreds of official jump sites designated around the country, so click here to find an event near you. You can even jump at home or organize an event of your own -- just make sure you follow the official rules so your jumps are included in the official Guinness tally.