President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
Using Video Games to Get Fit
Current Health Teens
Teacher Dances For Change!!!
My name is Carrie Swidecki and I'm a 35 year old 2nd grade teacher from Bakersfield, CA. On ]uly 27-28, 2011
I broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest marathon on a Dance/Rhythm game using Dance Dance Revolution. I broke the previous record with a time of 16 hrs 9 mins 0 secs. I did this Guinness attempt to bring awareness to a fun way to exercise in our schools.
This incredible journey started eleven years ago when I was 210 pounds and wore a plus size 18-20. Within six years after graduating from high school I had gained 90 pounds. I went from being a 120 pound athletic, to being 210 pounds and living my life in the past. I had given up on my dreams and everything was about what I used to do in high school.
Eleven years ago, when I was 210 pounds, I was walking pass an arcade eating a donut and saw a Dance Dance Revolution machine. I decided to play it and instantly fell in love with it. On my first attempt I quickly failed and someone shouted, "You suck!" Those words challenged me and I was determined to get good enough to place in a local tournament. Since then I have lost a total of 75 pounds. I now weigh 135 pounds and wear a size 8-10.
I have become an advocate for using Dance Dance Revolution in the school systems as a tool to fight Childhood Obesity. I currently use Dance Dance Revolution in my classroom for physical education.
Ten years ago, I never imagined I would hold a World Record. It shows that when you stick with something you love, work hard, then you can achieve anything!
In Training for Guinness Book of World Records Dance Dance Revolution 2012!
2010 DDR US Championships