Mayor Allen Joines and more than 1,100 students will attempt to break the world record Friday for the largest Zumbatomic class ever held, at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Benton Convention Center, 301 W. Fifth Street, Winston-Salem.
Zumbatomic is a form of Zumba aerobics targeting children under the age of 15.
The attempt is 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 to get children active and healthy in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
Joines and fourth- and fifth-graders from six Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools will participate in a 30-minute Zumbatomic exercise class. The schools are Cash, Diggs-Latham, Kernersville, Lewisville, Sherwood Forest and Meadowlark elementary schools.
The event has three goals:
- Break the world record for the largest number of people doing a Zumbatomic exercise in one class.
- Start the Go Red & Get Moving school challenge.
- Have fun while learning about healthy choices.
Participants Friday will perform a series of routines presented by Zumba-certified instructors. The current world record for a Zumbatomic class is 383 children, set April 28, 2012, in Brownsville, Texas. The attempt Friday could break the record with triple the participation.
Red H.E.A.R.R.T. (Help Educate And Reduce Risk Today) is a local organization started by Cheryl Lindsay to reduce the health risks of an unhealthy lifestyle. The Go Red & Get Moving challenge asks students to move 30 minutes a day, five days a week and practice at least one positive nutritional change each day, such as drinking more water, eating vegetables or getting adequate sleep. Eighteen city-county schools are participating.
Joines said, “I am looking forward to joining local students in trying to set a world record that will call attention to the benefits of an active lifestyle.”
Lindsay 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 is really happening!”