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The National Foundation and ACSM work with U.S. Governors to Announce More Free Fitness Centers for Schools in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts

The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils – in partnership with ACSM – celebrated the installation of four more Live Positively Fitness Centers in Pennsylvania last month. Chairman Jake Steinfeld and ACSM CEO Jim Whitehead, who serves in an adjunct role as the Executive Director of the National Foundation, were joined by Governor Tom Corbett and a multitude of state and local officials at South Allegheny Middle School near Pittsburgh, PA to cut the ribbon on the state-of-the-art fitness center and celebrate youth fitness.

The National Foundation then traveled to Boston to announce three winning schools for Massachusetts, joined by Governor Deval Patrick at Salemwood School to discuss the campaign and the importance of physical fitness at a young age. The three winners are Salemwood School, Henry Lord Middle School and South Lawrence East Middle School, where fitness centers will be installed in December. Schools are selected based on innovation to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles, and school commitment to use the fitness centers to enable are more active student population over the years. An ACSM panel of experts select the winning schools. An ongoing evaluation of impact of the nationwide network of centers will begin in 2013, and strategies identified to create a multiplier effect for the fitness centers in promoting active and healthy lifestyles for present and future students of the schools but also the families of the students and the surrounding communities. Partnerships with other programs that promote physical activity in schools will be considered, especially proven and evidence-based initiatives. The National Foundation and ACSM have enjoyed remarkable success in outreach to schools across the U.S., and looks forward to expanded the fitness center network in 2013. more

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