Month of the Military Child: Youth attempt a world record
April 8, 2014
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (April 4, 2014) -- 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.
On-post Child Development Centers, School Age Centers, Youth Centers and Libraries will be hosting in-house activities throughout the month. Check out these special upcoming events, open to all:
•April 1--30. Military children bowl free. Bowling centers are at Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks. One free game for two military children ages 17 and under when one adult game is purchased. Call 808-438-6733 or 808-655-0573.
•April 14, 6 p.m. Stuffed animal sleepover at Sgt. Yano Library, Schofield Barracks, or sleepover at 6 p.m., April 15, at Fort Shafter Library. Children may drop off their furry friends for a night at the library. Call 808-655-8002 or 808-438-9521.
•April 19, 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Fun Fest and Earth Day at Weyand Field, Schofield Barracks. Take part in a day of family activities for all ages, including a fun run, entertainment, games, rides and much more. Call 808-655-0111.
•April 19, 2-5 p.m. Boat race and treasure dive at Richardson Pool, Schofield Barracks. Float, sink or swim with boat races, treasure dives and slingshot splash games. Call 808-655-0002.
•April 26, 5:30-9 p.m. Land of Oz Parent-Child Ball at Nehelani, Schofield Barracks. Price is $13 for ages 3-11; $17 for ages 12 and up. Formal attire is suggested. Call 808-655-4466.
•April 29, 6:30-7:30 a.m. PT in the Gym at Fort Shafter Physical Fitness Center. Soldiers and families can participate in a 30-minute aerobic routine followed by a continental breakfast. Call 808-836-1923.
Editor's note: At publication time, it was unknown if the Guinness World Record had been obtained for this event.