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W.Va. students encouraged to move for 1 minute

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia education officials are encouraging students to take a minute to improve their health.

More than 60,000 students in schools across the state will participate in a national effort to set a world record Thursday by performing a one-minute physical routine.

It's all part of the Just-a-Minute -- or JAM -- national campaign that was designed to encourage students to spend at least one minute a day moving.

The JAMmin' Minute effort is part of the Let's Move West Virginia Active Schools campaign and first lady Michelle Obama's national Let's Move campaign.

A recent study by Voices for Health Kids found that more than 27 percent of the state's fifth-graders were considered obese in 2011.

Schools that want to participate can sign up at www.jamworldrecord.org.

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