GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – The state of North Carolina was selected as one of four states to participate in the Don’t Quit Fitness campaign sponsored by the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC).
Three elementary or middle schools could win a fitness center worth $ 100,000. Schools need to be nominated, and you can do that online for your school to win.
NFGFC Chairman Jake Steinfeld said, “Child obesity is a serious problem that can follow a child into adulthood. I have declared war on this preventable disease and it is inspiring to see elected leaders like Governor Roy Cooper jump aboard immediately to join the battle and welcome us to the great state of North Carolina. Every governor we’ve worked with recognizes that obesity is not a Democratic or Republican problem, it is a problem for children, and everyone has vowed to do whatever they can to help. “
Don’t Quit Fitness Centers are located in 36 states and Washington, DC. Four more states are joining this year, including North Carolina, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Maine.
The organizers say the response from each state has been great and the kids are excited about exercising and being physically active. According to statistics from the fitness program, student academic performance and self-esteem have skyrocketed as a result of the program.
Steinfeld said schools in North Carolina now have the opportunity to make similar changes to impact the children well into their future.
The program plans to reach all 50 states in the coming years.
“Each fitness center is funded through public-private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Anthem Foundation, Wheels Up and Nike, and does not rely on taxpayers’ money or government funding,” said a press release.
Governor Roy Cooper put pressure on the program, saying, “Getting kids involved in physical activity early in life will continue to pay off in the future.”
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