Ohio Elementary and Middle Schools to Compete in Multi-Million Dollar National Campaign to Win Three New State-of-the-Art Fitness Centers
Columbus, OH –Fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC), has selected the State of Ohio to kick off its National Fitness Champion campaign to help fight
childhood obesity. The campaign recognizes elementary and middle schools for demonstrating new and
innovative ways of introducing physical activity and wellness into their curriculum. Three Ohio schools, selected
by the NFGFC as competition winners, will each be awarded a $100,000 state-of-the-art fitness center for their
efforts. The nomination process opens today and will run through the end of May. Nominate your school now
“I’ve declared war on childhood obesity and It’s inspiring to see elected leaders like Governor Kasich
immediately jump on board and welcome us into their state to help fight this disease,” said Jake Steinfeld. “The
fight to stop childhood obesity in its tracks is a cause that everyone can back. In fact, 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. Now, Ohio schools have an opportunity to make a change that will have a
lasting impact on kids well into their future.”
Ohio Governor John R. Kasich has pledged his support, while the state’s First Lady Karen W. Kasich is taking a
lead role in Ohio’s participation. The First Lady has been a leading advocate for efforts to improve health and
wellness in the state. Among her activities, the First Lady has worked to increase physical activity among
kindergartners through fifth-graders with her “Time for 10!” exercise video series.
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, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Nike, and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding. Additionally, TuffStuff Fitness International provides all of the fitness equipment. The Foundation’s goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.
“I’ve always said that academics and fitness go hand in hand. We’re not only building bodies, but most
importantly we are boosting confidence and self esteem. I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact fitness
centers have had students and their communities. When you provide the right tools and the inspiration, you’ll
be amazed by the changes that take place,” continued Steinfeld. “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.
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.