Mayor Allen Joines and Cheryl Lindsay, the founder of Red H.E.A.R.R.T (Help Educate And Reduce Risk Today) announced today that the Guinness Book of World Record certified their recent Zumbatomic exercise class as setting a new world record for the largest such class in a single venue.
Zumbatomic is a form of Zumba aerobics targeting children under the age of 15.
On Feb. 1, 1,121 fourth- and fifth-grade students, along with Joines, set the record. Participants completed a 30-minute class with 2 main certified Zumbatomic instructors (Tracie York & Katie Boles), 2 youth lead instructors and 23 facilitating stewards. The students came from Cash, Diggs-Latham, Kernersville, Lewisville, Sherwood Forest and Meadowlark elementary schools.
The event broke the record with almost triple the participation of the previous world record of 383 children, set April 28, 2012, in Brownsville, Texas.
“I applaud Cheryl Lindsay and all the students who participated in setting this new world record.” Joines said. “It was an innovative and fun way to motivate young people to get more exercise.”
The record attempt was a partnership between the Mayor’s Educational Childhood Obesity Prevention Program and Red H.E.A.R.R.T.’s “WS/FCS Go Red & Get Moving,” a 28-day challenge during the month of February to get children active and healthy in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
The Go Red & Get Moving challenge asked students to move 30 minutes a day, five days a week and pledge to put into practice one good nutritional practice each day during the month of February. Examples include drinking more water, eating more vegetables and getting a good night’s sleep.
Nineteen Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools are participating in the challenge and were recognized at the news conference. Students who signed up to take on the challenge and succeed will be recognized at their schools. Each of the schools that participated will have prizes that they can use for drawings.
Platinum Partners of Red H.E.A.R.R.T and the Go Red & Get Moving Initiative were HanesBrands Inc., the Twin City Quarter, Studio ZT, and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The world record attempt was sponsored by Forsyth Medical Center, the YWCA, Go Red Council/American Heart Association, Harmony Ridge Farms, WomanCare, Women’s Wellness & Fitness, View Finders Media, Fleet Feet Sports, The Portrait Gallery, Forsyth Woman magazine, Forsyth Family magazine, Union Baptist Church and Wildfire.
Cheryl Lindsay, the founder of Red H.E.A.R.R.T., said she is thrilled by the community support of the initiative. “I’m extremely excited that Red HEARRT’s mission and its goal of taking action to reduce the health risks of an unhealthy lifestyle are really happening!”
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About Red H.E.A.R.R.T:
Red H.E.A.R.R.T. was founded by Cheryl Lindsay in honor of her mother, Gail Lindsay. Cheryl Lindsay, who works for HanesBrands as a director of human resources, is an active member of the community, serving on multiple boards in Winston-Salem. The goals of Red H.E.A.R.R.T. is to meet the needs of the community and to Help Educate And Reduce Risk Today. Cheryl’s hope & desire is that the “take action” theme to reduce life threatening risk becomes contagious in our city!