Press Release

For Immediate Release
Oct 13, 2011
Contact : Maureen Gillespie, Public Relations Manager  

Jumping Jack Flash Mob!  Meridian Health’s “Jersey Jumpers” participate in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Jump! Campaign to Break Guinness World Record® Title for Jumping Jacks


Neptune, NJ - Meridian Health, a leading New Jersey health care organization, is helping Michelle Obama and National Geographic Kids magazine set the Guinness World Records® title for the most jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. To break the record, more than 20,000 people worldwide completed one minute of jumping jacks in events occurring between 3 p.m. ET October 11th, 2011 and 3 p.m. ET October 12th, 2011. Meridian's six hospitals, including Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian's Children's Hospital, Riverview Medical Center, Bayshore Community Hospital, Ocean Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center, participated yesterday, on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.  

"Let's Jump!" supports First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, which encourages kids and families to get healthy and active. Mrs. Obama kicked off the 24-hour period with one minute of jumping jacks at the White House.   

Meridian Health, which serves New Jersey's central and southern region, counted 519 doctors, nurses, administrators, volunteers, medical professionals, support staff, children who attend Meridian day care centers, local school children and other friends, as part of their "Jersey Jumpers" who joined the Let's Jump! challenge.     

For more information, or if you would like photography from the events, please contact Maureen Gillespie at or 732.776.4166.     

About Meridian Health:

Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For", and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing.