For Immediate Release
Families, dignitaries and Washington students cut ribbon on new DON’T QUIT!™ Fitness Centers
Olympia, WA – Governor Jay Inslee, Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils and students from Jason Lee Middle School in Tacoma, Perry G. Keithley Middle School in Tacoma and Cascade Middle School in Sedro-Woolley celebrated their schools’ commitment to fitness by cutting the ribbon on their new DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers. The three winning schools earned the title of National Fitness Champions and were awarded the fitness centers for demonstrating new and innovative ways for promoting student physical activity and wellness. In addition, Governor Inslee issued a proclamation deeming October as DON’T QUIT! Fitness Month.
“These three new fitness centers will help students get healthy, fit, and ready to change the world,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “Together with the National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils and Jake Steinfeld and his team, we will work toward the Healthiest Next Generation in Washington state.”
“Governor Inslee has worked hard to bring fitness and wellness to Washington’s students through his Healthiest Next Generation Initiative. He welcomed us into Washington to further inspire students to keep making healthy choices and make physical activity part of their daily routine and it’s paid off! Today we are visiting three Washington schools to cut the ribbon on their new DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers,” said Steinfeld. “Jason Lee Middle School, Perry G. Keithley Middle School and Cascade Middles School are leading the way to get fit and have taken my motto of DON’T QUIT! to heart. What makes this program even more attractive is the fact that it doesn’t rely on taxpayer dollars but instead is fully funded through a public/private partnership with companies such as Coca-Cola, Amerigroup Foundation and Nike!”
The National Foundation’s goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world. 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.
“I’ve delivered fitness centers to other states around the country and have witnessed firsthand what happens when a school receives a brand new fitness center and it’s amazing. Fitness among kids is contagious and I am confident these new fitness centers will help generations of students make physical fitness activities part their daily routine,” continued Steinfeld. “I’ve always said that academics and fitness go hand-in-hand and I firmly believe that if you provide the schools with the tools, students will excel beyond their wildest dreams. Not only will these students be healthier, but they’ll be more confident, have greater self-esteem and ultimately achieve greater academic success.”
By the end of the ribbon cutting ceremonies in 2016, the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC) will have delivered 57 fitness centers to schools in 19 states. NFGFC plans to bring its challenge to all 50 states in the coming years.
For more information about the National Foundation, 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. In 2016, new fitness centers will be delivered in Ohio, Washington, Wisconsin and Arizona.