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Campaign offers Kansas schools opportunity to win $100,000 fitness center

Posted: Feb 26, 2018
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Author: Ann Bush

Continuing his goal of ending childhood obesity, fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC), has kicked off 2018 by selecting the state of Kansas for its 2018 DON’T QUIT! fitness campaign.

The NFGFC will deliver a state-of-the-art DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center to three schools for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit. The nomination process opens Feb. 26, 2018, and will run through Friday, April 6, 2018. Anyone can nominate a school by visiting www.natgovfit.org.

“Childhood obesity is a serious problem that can follow a child into adulthood. I’ve declared war on this preventable disease, and I’m inspired to see elected leaders like Governor Colyer immediately jump on board to join the battle and welcome us into his state. Every state leader that I’ve met with recognizes that obesity is neither a Democrat nor Republican issue, it’s a kids issue and all have vowed to do everything possible to help,” Steinfeld said. “So far, we’ve delivered DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers in 24 states and Washington, D.C., and the response from students, teachers and communities has been unbelievable. Kids are excited about working out and being physically active and, as a result, their academic performance and self-esteem has skyrocketed. Now, Kansas schools have an opportunity to make a change that will have a lasting impact on kids well into their future.”

Gov. Jeff Colyer said: “Encouraging Kansas kids to be active early in their life sets them on a course for a healthy lifestyle. We are excited to be partnering with Jake and his team at NFGFC to give three Kansas schools the opportunity to apply for these new fitness centers. This is a great opportunity to give the gift of fitness to our kids.”

The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program will make its way into all 50 states in the coming years. Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Amerigroup Foundation, Wheels Up and Nike, and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding. TuffStuff Fitness International provides all of the fitness equipment, which is manufactured right here in the United States.

The foundation’s goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.

“I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact fitness centers have had on students and their communities. When you provide schools with the tools and inspiration, you’ll be amazed by the changes that take place,” Steinfeld said. “Our children are our most precious resource and by providing them with a strong foundation in health and fitness, we can feel confident that they’ll excel beyond their wildest dreams.”

Physical activity and exercise are shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life, and reduce health care costs. In schools, studies show that physical activity improves academic  achievement, increases confidence and self-esteem, reduces discipline problems, cuts absenteeism, and fosters better interpersonal relationships.

For more information about the NFGFC or to download a nomination form, visit www.natgovfit.org. For more information, click here. For the application, click here.

About The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils:
The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) seeks to encourage and reward innovation in the field of youth fitness by awarding fitness centers to schools that use new and unique methods to promote student physical activity and wellness.

The NFGFC envisions a fitness center in every school in the U.S., helping to build a nation that—through innovation and a “DON’T QUIT!” attitude—boasts the fittest kids in the world. Since 2012, the NFGFC has delivered fitness centers in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Georgia, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, California, New Mexico, Connecticut, Virginia, Illinois, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Washington, Wisconsin, Arizona, Maryland, Louisiana, Oregon and Colorado. In 2018, the foundation will gift fitness centers to four more states - Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.

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