CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Now that students across West Virginia are back in school, they’re JAMmin’ for health. The Just-a-Minute (JAM) national campaign is designed to encourage students to spend at least one minute a day moving.
West Virginia schools are leading the nation in the number of students who have signed up to participate in an effort to set a world record at 10 a.m. on Sept. 26. That’s when nearly 63,000 West Virginia students will join others across the nation and simultaneously perform a JAMmin’ Minute routine.
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. The goal of Let’s Move is to help families and communities make healthier decisions for their kids so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight. It also provides support to schools to increase the amount of daily physical activity time within each school day to hit the national recommendation of 60 minutes.
West Virginia has established itself as a pioneer in promoting good nutrition and physical activity, becoming an early adopter of many requirements now included in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The new federal law calls both fruits and vegetables to be offered every day; increases whole grain-rich foods; limits milk offerings to fat-free or low-fat; restricts calories and portions based on childrens’ ages; and reduces saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.
Since 1994, West Virginia has included health and wellness in its goals and priorities and strengthened its nutrition standards. More fruits and vegetables were added to school meals and schools are encouraged to cook more with fresh ingredients.
Strong student health programs are especially important in West Virginia, where one in three children born today will likely develop diabetes by the time they grow up. Schools that want to participate can sign up at www.jamworldrecord.org. For more information, contact the Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.