The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils

We are the NFGFC.

Building a nation of the fittest kids in the world.

Our mission 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.

Through our DON’T QUIT! Campaign, we plan to award fitness centers to schools in all 50 states. An attractive and unique feature of this campaign is that our fitness centers are fully funded through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Anthem Foundation and Nike, and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding.

Children are our most precious resource.  We are giving schools the tools they need to help make our children healthier, happier, and more successful.

This is our part of the solution.  

HOW we do it

Fitness Centers

Each fitness center includes strength training equipment, cardio fitness equipment and a multi-exercise, group circuit training system all designed to fit the unique needs of each school.

State by State

We work directly with your state’s governor to build the most effective campaign and provide the most extensive outreach.   Our goal is to reach all 50 states and bring fitness centers to schools across the entire country.

Public/Private Partnership

We are a non-profit foundation funded by public/private partnerships.  This collaboration allows us to do what we do without using any taxpayer dollars.  There is NO government funding.

WHY we do it

Physical Health

Physical activity reduces the risk of developing obesity and chronic diseases.


Exercise reduces the feelings of depression and anxiety and promotes psychological well-being and self-confidence.

Mental Focus

Physical activity helps to alleviate behavioral problems while improving concentration and attentiveness in the classroom.

Academic Achievement

Physical activity will improve academic performance and grades.