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JUMP TO THE MUSIC- From Terra Pacific Entertainment Marketing
11601 Wilshire Blvd, 5th Floor, Los Angeles, CA. 90025
www.jumptothemusic.com

Review by Linda K. Foster

Childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years producing some disturbing facts:

1 in 5 children are overweight.
The prevalence of obesity has increased by 54% since the 1960s among children ages 6 to 11 and 39% among children ages 12 to 17.
Excess weight in childhood and adolescence has been found to predict overweight in adults. Obese children are reported to have a 70% likelihood of obesity in their adult years.

Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize, but the most difficult to treat. Although “new and improved” weight loss/fitness programs appear on the market as a nearly daily occurrence, few of them recognize the need to deal with the problem during the formative years, ages 3 and up.

Fortunately, the JUMP Fitness System for Happier, Healthier Children has arrived. This innovative system is a unique fitness and wellness program designed for children ages 3 and up. JUMP is the first children’s exercise system ever created that is designed to help develop motor skills, improve coordination and flexibility, build confidence and self-esteem, and lay the foundation for a life-long love of health and fitness.

The JUMP System was created by John Jacobson, composer, choreographer, teacher and performer who has become a familiar face to hundreds of thousands of children and music educators throughout North American and abroad. Many of his songs have been licensed by Sesame Street and performed by their characters in live productions and some of his most recent songs, Hop ‘Til You Drop, Conga in the Kitchen, and Around the World With Me, have quickly become favorites of children everywhere.

John definitely knows what children like and how to get them moving. He has transitioned his talents for upbeat children’s music into three fun-filled, thirty-minute videos packed with music, movement and fun, all designed to provide structure and build strength, endurance and coordination. Jump removes the sedentary aspect of watching television and replaces it with action packed, interactive video programs that will have kids up and moving, playing and participating along with the television. Using a different tape each day, kids probably won’t even realize that they are developing a foundation for a lifelong appreciation of health and fitness. They will realize, though, that they look better and feel better, something that will stay with them for years to come. Rumor has it that many parents have been known to join their kids in these interactive sessions.

Parent participation is definitely encouraged with the JUMP system, and the JUMP Wall Chart is just the thing for parents and kids to track every healthy activity. The reusable chart can be easily placed on the refrigerator by included magnets and charts activities one week at a time. Not only does the chart allow kids to track their actual JUMP activities, it also allows tracking of outdoor play, eating healthy new foods, and other healthy activities. Each time a child completes one of the healthy habits, a sticker is placed on the appropriate daily area so progress can be tracked and both the kids and parents can recognize the JUMPing accomplishments.
In just 30 minutes a day of structure playtime routines on each video, kids (and parents, too) will improve their strength, flexibility and overall cardiovascular fitness. Are there any of us that wouldn’t benefit by that?
For additional information or to purchase this excellent fitness system, please visit www.jumptothemusic.com. L.F.

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