October 11th, 2011
05:44 PM ET
WHITE HOUSE (CNN) – Jumping with excitement, First Lady Michelle Obama and hundreds of local school children attempted to make their way into the next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
Mrs. Obama, also known today as the "Jumper-in-Chief", led 400 kids from schools in the DC area ages 8-14, to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. She kicked the challenge off at 3:00p on the South Lawn of the White House with one minute of continuous jumping jacks. The attempt will continue with groups of children around the country jumping until tomorrow afternoon. More than 20,425 jumpers are needed to break the record.
The event was witnessed by officials from the Guinness Book of World records, along with former Olympic skater Michelle Kwan who served as an independent judge.
NBC "Today" host Al Roker, who served as the emcee for the event, was tasked with keeping the kids in straight lines with enough room to do their jumping jacks. Once the clock started ticking, those lines disappeared and the first lady was mobbed by jumping kids.
Ms. Obama used the event as a way to promote her initiative "Let's Move!" which promotes healthy eating and exercise for America's children.
"What we’re going to show people today is that moving is fun, right?," she said. "You can do it just dancing around in your backyard. You can get moving if you’re walking your dog. Or you can get moving doing some jumping jacks, right? There are so many ways to keep moving. "
And keep moving is what they did. Once the one-minute of jumping jacks was over, Mrs. Obama was mobbed by children wanting to meet her. At one point, Secret Service agents had to step in to give her some space from the celebrating mob.