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AAAS Does the Jelly Bean Jump at the Easter Egg Roll

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VIDEO: Dione Rossiter explains AAAS’s science activities promoting good health. | Credit: AAAS/Carla Schaffer

Lured by the promise of jelly beans, children crowded the AAAS table on the South Lawn of the White House to participate in an activity showing the relationship between calories and exercise.

The Jelly Bean Jump was easily the most popular of the four activities related to science and health that AAAS staff had planned for children and families attending the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll on 1 April.


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Children earned jelly beans by jumping, wiggling and dancing.

The activities complemented the Easter Egg Roll’s health and wellness theme, “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!” and encouraged children to lead healthy, active lives as part of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.

The 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll, which is supported by the National Parks Foundation and traditionally held on the Monday after Easter, was visited by more than 30,000 attendees from all 50 states, including Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, the Easter Bunny Snoopy and Elmo. In addition to egg rolling and jelly bean jumping, offerings included live music, sports courts, cooking stations, and storytelling.

At the AAAS table, located on the South Lawn near the kitchen garden and beehive, children lined up for cups containing four tiny jelly beans while AAAS staff led a demonstration of how much activity it takes to burn off the calories from the candy. “Come on in, let’s talk about jelly beans!” said Sarah Ingraffea, AAAS Education and Human Resources program associate.

“You have to earn the jelly bean so for every jelly bean, there are four calories,” said Kristina Lawrence, AAAS Science and Policy Programs administration and operations associate. It takes about 30 seconds of aerobic activity to burn four calories, Lawrence explained. While Kavita Berger, AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy associate program director, held a timer, Miriam Godwin, AAAS Office of Government Relations intern, led the children in jumping up and down as the seconds ticked down.

“You’ve got to jump around for 30 seconds!” Godwin said. “Am I the only one who likes jumping?”

After painting, rolling and hunting for eggs, Lynnette Mitchell and her 8 year-old daughter Ariya participated in the Jelly Bean Jump. “I loved it!” Ariya said. “I learned that it takes 30 seconds to burn off a jelly bean.”

Kathleen and Ty Williams from New Jersey came to the egg roll with Ty’s 8-year-old daughter Alex, who did the Jelly Bean Jump after taking pictures of Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother. Kathleen said that they planned to mail the pictures to Robinson after the egg roll.

The activities complemented the Easter Egg Roll’s health and wellness theme, “Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!” and encouraged children to lead healthy, active lives as part of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.

The 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll, which is supported by the National Parks Foundation and traditionally held on the Monday after Easter, was visited by more than 30,000 attendees from all 50 states, including Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, the Easter Bunny Snoopy and Elmo. In addition to egg rolling and jelly bean jumping, offerings included live music, sports courts, cooking stations, and storytelling.

At the AAAS table, located on the South Lawn near the kitchen garden and beehive, children lined up for cups containing four tiny jelly beans while AAAS staff led a demonstration of how much activity it takes to burn off the calories from the candy. “Come on in, let’s talk about jelly beans!” said Sarah Ingraffea, AAAS Education and Human Resources program associate.

“You have to earn the jelly bean so for every jelly bean, there are four calories,” said Kristina Lawrence, AAAS Science and Policy Programs administration and operations associate. It takes about 30 seconds of aerobic activity to burn four calories, Lawrence explained. While Kavita Berger, AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy associate program director, held a timer, Miriam Godwin, AAAS Office of Government Relations intern, led the children in jumping up and down as the seconds ticked down.

“You’ve got to jump around for 30 seconds!” Godwin said. “Am I the only one who likes jumping?”

After painting, rolling and hunting for eggs, Lynnette Mitchell and her 8 year-old daughter Ariya participated in the Jelly Bean Jump. “I loved it!” Ariya said. “I learned that it takes 30 seconds to burn off a jelly bean.”

Kathleen and Ty Williams from New Jersey came to the egg roll with Ty’s 8-year-old daughter Alex, who did the Jelly Bean Jump after taking pictures of Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother. Kathleen said that they planned to mail the pictures to Robinson after the egg roll.


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Cassie, Issac and Danielle Gipson.