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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 21, 2012

Northwest encourages campus, community to gather for fitness break

Northwest Missouri State University and its Horace Mann Laboratory School will join hundreds of thousands of schools and individuals across the United States and abroad for 10 minutes of exercise Thursday, Sept. 27, as part of Jam World Record 2012, a wellness program designed to teach kids – and adults – healthier lifestyle habits.

All Northwest students and employees, as well as the public, are invited to participate. Participants are invited to begin gathering at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Bearcat Stadium; the activity begins at 10 a.m.

In case of inclement weather, an alternate location will be announced.

Northwest’s participation in the nationwide event has been arranged by Horace Mann students, teachers and administrators, along with Northwest student-athletes and the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Horace Mann students have been practicing and are excited to lead and host this event,” said Dr. Loren Butler, one of the event organizers and an associate professor of health and physical education at Northwest.

JAM World Record is a campaign designed to rally people to pause and take a fitness break. The campaign is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of making activity a daily habit, ensuring kids learn healthy habits at a young age and schools have access to quality physical education programs. 

Butler notes physical activity helps build strong bones and muscles; improve mental clarity, productivity and mood; and prevent cancers and diseases.

For more information, contact Loren Butler at or 660.562.1066, or visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468