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Jumping For Joy…And For Health

Brett Blume
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Employees of St. John's Mercy Medical Center gather in the hospital plaza Wednesday afternoon to contribute to the hospital's overall goal of 1 million Jumping Jacks to promote "healthification" and encourage everyone to adopt an exercise regimen. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

Employees of St. John’s Mercy Medical Center gather in the hospital plaza Wednesday afternoon to contribute to the hospital’s overall goal of 1 million Jumping Jacks to promote “healthification” and encourage everyone to adopt an exercise regimen. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) –  It wasn’t your typical lunch hour Wednesday at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis County.

At the stroke of noon nurses, interns and other hospital employees gathered out in the plaza, lined up, and began doing jumping  jacks.

“There’s a nation-wide epidemic, and the epidemic is obesity,” said Steve Bollin, regional vice-president for support services for St. John’s Mercy.  “This is about making our co-workers healthier.  We want them to be healthier, happier, more productive…not only here but at home as well.”

Other hospital workers contributed to the effort, sneaking in jumping jacks before leaving for work, in the office, or elsewhere (all on the honor system), writing down their number and forwarding that to those keeping a tally.

Hospital officials claim that among their 36,000 employees across four states, they were able to reach their goal of 1 million total jumping jacks in one day.

Even some sixth graders at Rockwood Middle School helped out, jumping in the cafeteria at lunchtime.

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