Bakersfield teacher sets two world records while fighting against childhood obesity

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield teacher became the Guinness World Record holder for longest marathon on a dance game Thursday.

Carrie Swidecki started playing video dance games to lose weight, but now she does it to show kids there are fun ways to exercise.

Swidecki hopes to inspire others to fight back against obesity.

“I understand how obesity takes a piece of your soul. It took a piece of mine and now I want to help other people and the children fight it,” said Swidecki.

Swidecki gained 90 pounds while she was in college 13 years ago. That is when she discovered the game Dance Dance Revolution and decided to give it a try.

"I didn't think anyone was watching and I quickly died after 10 steps and someone shouted you suck."

But instead of giving up, Swidecki used that moment to push herself to compete in tournaments for dance video games.

Swidecki has since lost 75 pounds and has set a total of five world records.

"It really gave me another chance at life because I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for gaming."

Swidecki played the popular game "Just Dance" for more than two days straight back in June to set the two records that were made official today.

"I never in my wildest dreams did I ever anticipate I'd be featured in Guinness book of world records."

Swidecki is featured in the 2014 Gamer’s Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Now Swidecki uses her experiences to teach her students about the healthy side of gaming and raise awareness on childhood obesity.

"Every child has a gaming console at home they're all gamers so why aren't we using this in schools to meet their needs. This is what they enjoy and plus I have a lot of students that go home and get fit with their parents while playing Just Dance and parents love it because it's family time now and they're getting healthy together."

Swidecki is also the first person in the world to set the record for longest marathon on three major dance video games that include Just Dance, Dance Central and Dance Dance Revolution. She is also the first woman to set the records and she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Swidecki is already training to break another record in 2014. No specific date has been announced yet.

To follow her story and find out when she will attempt a new record go to: http://www.carrieswidecki.com/ .

Print this article Back to Top

Comments