Month of the Military Child: Youth attempt a world record

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sarah Pacheco, Hawaii Army Weekly Twenty-five Army teens keep moving through exercises focused on agility and coordination at Bennett Youth Center, March 27, as Army Youth Centers joined in a nationwide attempt for the Guinness World Record for the "Most People Exercising to a Fitness Video within a 24-Hour Period," coordinated by the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Sarah Pacheco, Hawaii Army Weekly
Twenty-five Army teens keep moving through exercises focused on agility and coordination at Bennett Youth Center, March 27, as Army Youth Centers joined in a nationwide attempt for the Guinness World Record for the “Most People Exercising to a Fitness Video within a 24-Hour Period,” coordinated by the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Lacey Justinger
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Move over Richard Simmons and “Sweating to the Oldies.”

There was a new fitness craze of Guinness World Record-proportions on post, March 27.

Twenty-five teenagers at the Bennett Youth Center, here, joined in a nationwide attempt for the “most people exercising to a fitness video within a 24-hour period.”

The record allows the fitness events to be held at different venues, as long as they were set up by the same organization, which in this case was the Boys and Girls Club of America.

“Through programs such as this, youth and teens will be able to learn about the importance of being active, coupled with making healthier life choices in general,” said Jennifer Hodges; Training and Curriculum Specialist; Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS); Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. “Not only does this program focus on the youth or teen involved, but also promotes overall health and fitness awareness for the whole family.”

CYSS took part in the record attempt to improve teens’ overall wellness and resilience.

“Our after-school program keeps them in a safe environment and out of trouble while their parents are at work,” said Alexis San Nicolas, program assistance, CYSS.

“The Youth Centers are a place to hang out, where they learn to get involved and make a difference in the community.”

The video’s main theme was for youth to “keep moving,” and focused on exercises that promoted agility, balance and coordination.

“I like fitness; it’s fun,” said Charity Lindsey, a 17-year-old who attends Leilehua High School, adding that her favorite activity from the workout video was the burpees segment.

According to the Guinness World Record website, the last time this record was set was in France, in May 2011, with 829 people.

Youth and Teen Centers are located at Aliamanu Military Reservation, Fort Shafter, Helemano Military Reservation and, here. They offer after-school activities, such as sports, tutoring, and arts and crafts.

(Editor’s note: At publication time, it was unknown if the Guinness World Record had been obtained for this event.)

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