Thursday, February 14, 2013


JAM stands for Just A Minute, referring to taking "just a minute" from academics for physical activity.  The JAMS actually last 3 or 5 minutes.  Many classrooms have already been doing in-class activity breaks this year, but with our new Jammin' JES wellness initiative, we are celebrating JAMS school wide and talking about the importance of physical activity.  What is so important about physical activity breaks in school?  It has been shown to improve academic success and increase focus and attention in class.  Physical activity is important for overall health and can decrease obesity which reduces the risk for chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.  Increased physical activity has also been shown to reduce risky behaviors, reduce rates of depression and improve overall outlook on life.  With our JAMMIN' JES initiate, we are highlighting the importance of physical activity and celebrating it regularly!  We are keeping track of monthly JAM totals.  On September, 26th 2013, we participated in a World Record JAM moment where we did a JAM at the same time as 1,351,974 other people around the world!  That kicked off our JAMS for the year!


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