Beyonce's moves and Michelle Obama's message reach Mount Markham Middle School

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Story Updated: May 3, 2011

WEST WINFIELD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Just the thought of a tough workout can sometimes be enough to make you tired, even before you lace up your sneakers. That's why the White House is teaming up with a famous celebrity to make getting fit fun.

Just ask media mogul Beyonce or First Lady Michelle Obama, and they'll tell you a little sweat hasn't ever hurt anyone. In fact, they want to you get up and show your stuff. On Tuesday afternoon at precisely 1:42 p.m., 400 Mt. Markham Middle School students joined 600 other schools across the country as they followed the lead of singer Beyonce, literally. The students enthusiastically participated in a choreographed dance to a kid version of Beyonce's hit song "Move Your Body."

It is all a part of the First Lady's efforts to combat childhood obesity and to teach students about the importance of exercise. The official music video of the flash workout shows a spontaneous dance party in the cafeteria, proving it doesn't take more than your favorite song to get on the fast track to fitness. Physical Education teacher, Amy Coleman says in today's sedentary society, you have to get creative to get kids to look forward to fitness activities.

"Especially coming from the top down, the kids are really excited that this is coming from the First Lady, and that she picked someone so popular like Beyonce, who this age of children look to," says Coleman.

First Lady Michelle Obama says children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight, and dancing is one way to stay in shape with a smile.

To check out the flash workout, and try your hand at Beyonce's moves, you can find the official song at this link.

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