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National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils Gaining Momentum

The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils is gaining momentum and making headlines on the east coast! On March 15 in Washington, DC, the National Foundation kicked off its nationwide campaign to recognize and encourage innovation in youth fitness by donating fitness centers to elementary and middle schools. “In 2012, we will dedicate 12 more fitness centers in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, DC and my goal is to put fitness centers in schools across the country,” said Chairman Jake Steinfeld. ACSM is a lead partner of the National Foundation.

Last November, the National Foundation selected Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, DC as its first National Champion School and recipient of a fitness center. “I’m proud of Capital City for being named the first National Champion School as part of this important campaign to boost the health and happiness of our young people and I look forward to two other schools in the District being recognized as National Champions,” said DC Mayor Vincent Gray. “Obesity is at epidemic levels among our young people nationwide, and young people in big cities and small towns alike are suffering the lifelong consequences of physical inactivity and poor health and nutrition.” The National Foundation is accepting nominations for Washington, DC until April 9.

On March 26, Jake Steinfeld and Governor Tom Corbett announced the youth fitness campaign in Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvania is proud to partner with the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils,” said Governor Corbett. “It’s so important for kids to learn early that exercise and living a healthy lifestyle will help them to better in school and ultimately serve them for the rest of their lives.” Nominations for Pennsylvania will be accepted until April 20. More information can be found at: more

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