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State Exercise
8:53 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Missouri Honors General And His Jumping Jacks

John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing was a general officer in the United States Army who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
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The Show-Me State is designating the jumping jack as its official exercise in honor of the U.S. Army's second highest-ranked general.

Gen. John Pershing, who was from Laclede, Missouri, is credited with inventing the exercise while training cadets at West Point before WWI.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 669 bill Thursday, which was sponsored by State Rep. Pat Conway of St. Joseph.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:21 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Should lack of exercise be considered a medical condition?

Doctors need to prescribe exercise to patients who don't get enough exercise, a Mayo Clinic expert says.
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Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 12:46 pm

"You've got a bad case of deconditioning," the doctor says.

Actually, it would be the rare doctor who would say that to anyone. And though it might sound like something to do with hair, in fact, deconditioning is a familiar and more profound problem: the decidedly unnatural state of being physically inactive.

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Jumping Jacks / From KBIA
6:35 am
Fri January 20, 2012

'Jumping Jacks;' the new Mo. state exercise?

It's not official yet. But still good exercise.
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Jacob Fenston, KBIA

In all the political coverage lately, you may have missed Missouri House Bill 1063: it would make "the exercise commonly known and referred to as 'jumping jacks'" the official exercise of the state of Missouri. In this week's Health & Wealth update, could getting more kids jumping help reduce childhood obesity?

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