Update: Jamba Juice and CAHPERD Break Guinness World Record* for the ‘Most People Jumping/Skipping Rope at the Same Time’
EMERYVILLE, Calif., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — (Nasdaq: JMBA) — Jamba Juice Company and The California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) broke the Guinness World Record* today for the “Most People Jumping/Skipping Rope at the Same Time” during the 2010 CAHPERD Jamba Jump Day(TM) event. Kicking off American Heart Month this morning at 9am, CAHPERD and Jamba Juice led 88,000 Californians in schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, service organizations and clubs statewide as they jump roped simultaneously for 10 minutes.
The official Jamba Jump Day Event countdown site, which was coordinated via live webcast and broadcast online, was hosted in California’s Capital and led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Participation in the event extended from the Capital to over 500 schools across the state of California. The 88,000 jumpers who participated in the Jamba Jump Day event broke the previous Guinness World Record held by Australia, who had a documented 59,000 rope skippers. VIP jumpers included boxer Laila Ali, Olympic gold medal gymnast Peter Vidimar, actress Gina Ravera, musician Brian O’Neill, World IBF Champion Yohnny Perez, Olympic Hall of Fame swimmer Debbie Meyer, extreme wheelchair athlete Aaron Fotheringham and more.
“We are beyond thrilled to have broken the Guinness World Record for the most people jumping or skipping rope at the same time,” said James D. White, president and CEO, Jamba Juice Company. “Working with CAHPERD and participating in an event of this capacity that supports a healthy, active lifestyle has been exciting for all of us. We want to thank all of the communities across California who jumped in to help–the importance of a good diet and physical exercise is essential to our children’s health and today, we really made that message clear.”
Jamba Juice, which was named #1 Top Healthy Fast Food Option by Zagat in 2009, has had a longtime commitment to bringing high quality, better-for-you products to people on the go–while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Jamba Juice offers customers a variety of delicious products that contain no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, and zero grams of trans fat–offering kids and adults alike healthier fare that doesn’t sacrifice taste. As an avid supporter of schools for years, Jamba Juice hopes to remind students and parents that a better-for-you meal and a fair amount of exercise can help keep kids healthy now, and in the future.
“We are so proud of CAHPERD’s volunteers, Jamba Juice and California’s kids for all skipping rope at the same time to beat the Guinness Record,” exclaimed Kathleen Cordes, President, California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD). “However, we were especially proud that our leaders and students could remind the world that it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and you don’t need expensive equipment, and you don’t have to be an elite athlete to be healthy and well. Today we demonstrated that all you need to be fit is a good pair of shoes and a jump rope!”
In addition to CAHPERD and Jamba Juice, other notable participants in this effort included the American Heart Association, the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the Southwest District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), and HOPSports, Inc.
To see live newsfeed of the event visit: www.ustream.com or check out fun video and photos on Jamba’s Facebook Fanpage: www.facebook.com/jambajuice
About Jamba, Inc.
Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ:JMBA) is a holding company and through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Jamba Juice Company, owns and franchises JAMBA JUICEÃ‚® stores. Founded in 1990, Jamba Juice is a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you food and beverage offerings, including great tasting fruit smoothies, juices, and teas, hot oatmeal made with organic steel cut oats, wraps, salads, sandwiches, and California Flatbreads(TM), and a variety of baked goods and snacks. As of October 6, 2009, Jamba Juice had 742 locations consisting of 488 company- owned and operated stores and 254 franchise stores. For the nearest location or a complete menu, visit the Jamba Juice website at www.jambajuice.com or call 1-866-4R-FRUIT.
The California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD), founded in 1930, is a nonprofit, voluntary membership organization formed exclusively to promote the development and implementation of school, community and statewide health, physical education, recreation and dance programs. CAHPERD is comprised of Californians dedicated to health, wellness and fitness (especially for children), and include professional educators, administrators, researchers, youth leaders, students, dance scientists and instructors, coaches, sports medicine professionals, dancers, staff members of medical care facilities and public health agencies, fitness professionals, choreographers, therapists, recreation professionals, and others with career interests in the movement related fields. CAHPERD provides professional development opportunities for health and wellness professionals, including a CAHPERD State Conference March 4-7, 2010 in Ontario, California. Additionally, CAHPERD will be leading a statewide attempt to break the World’s Record for “The Most People Jumping/Skipping Rope at the Same Time,” on February 1, 2010. CAHPERD also provides health and physical education programs directly to students, through programs that include the annual Southwest Dance and Acro-Sports Workshop in May 2010 in Palm Springs, California. For further information, please check: www.cahperd.org, or call (916) 922-3596.
*Subject to verification by Guinness World Records
SOURCE Jamba Juice Company