PHOENIX – Three Arizona schools will be awarded $100,000 state-of-the-art fitness centers, Governor Doug Ducey announced today.
The fitness centers are part of Arizona's participation in the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils’ (NFGFC) National Fitness Champion campaign, which helps fight childhood obesity through physical fitness. The nationwide campaign, championed by fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the NFGFC, recognizes and rewards elementary and middle schools that demonstrate new and innovative ways of introducing physical activity and wellness into their curriculum. The three Arizona schools selected by the NFGFC as competition winners will each be awarded a $100,000 state-of-the-art fitness center for their accomplishments. The nomination process opens today and will run through the end of May.
“I am a firm believer in health and fitness and I’m honored this great organization has chosen to encourage physical fitness in Arizona schools,” said Governor Ducey. “Bringing wellness and physical activity to our students is key to helping them lead long, healthy lives. I wholeheartedly encourage every elementary and middle school in Arizona to join this crucial effort -- and get in the running for a brand new fitness center."
“I’ve declared war on childhood obesity and it’s inspiring to see elected leaders like Governor Ducey immediately jump on board and welcome us into their state to help fight this disease,” said Jake Steinfeld. “Now, Arizona schools have an opportunity to stop childhood obesity in its tracks and make a change that will have a lasting impact on kids well into their future.”
The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program will make its way into all 50 states in the coming years. Each fitness center awarded as a top prize is financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, The CareMore Foundation and Nike, and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding. Additionally, TuffStuff Fitness International provides all the fitness equipment.
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.
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 and Texas. In 2016, NFGFC will deliver fitness centers to Arizona, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin.