Three schools in Utah are getting new fitness centers courtesy of a new program aimed at promoting healthy habits and fighting obesity in school-aged kids.
Clayton and Bear River Middle Schools, as well as Eagle View Elementary have been chosen to receive a DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center from the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils.
“I offer my congratulations to the three schools that were named as DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center winners for their efforts in demonstrating a passion for fitness,” Gov. Gary Herbert said in a press release. “We are grateful to Jake Steinfeld and the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils for bringing the DON’T QUIT! Fitness Campaign to Utah. We know that helping our students to start thinking about healthy living now will prepare them to make healthy decisions in adulthood.”
The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program will make its way to all 50 states in the next few years. According to the Salt Lake City CBS affiliate, the fitness centers are financed through public and private partnerships with companies like Coca-Cola, Amerigroup Foundation, Wheels UP and Nike. None of the funding comes from taxpayer money.
In a press release, foundation chairman Jake Steinfeld singled out obesity as a major problem in America. “I knew it would take an army of leaders to fight this disease head on. I was thrilled when Governor Herbert joined our efforts to help raise awareness of childhood obesity and to help put a stop to it in Utah,” he said.