Three lucky schools in Michigan will receive $100,000 fitness centers if they can prove they have demonstrated leadership in getting and keeping their students fit.
Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, is urging schools in the Downriver and Dearborn areas of Michigan to apply for the opportunity to win one of three fitness centers.
School nominations will be accepted through March 22 and applications can be filled out here.
“Childhood obesity is a serious problem that can follow a child into adulthood,” Steinfeld said in a statement. “I’ve declared war on this preventable disease and it’s inspiring to see elected leaders like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer immediately jump on board to join the battle and welcome us into their state. Every governor we’ve partnered with recognizes that obesity is neither a Democratic nor Republican issue; it’s a kids’ issue and all have vowed to do everything possible to help.”
To date, the program has delivered fitness centers to school 28 states and Washington, D.C.
The NFGFC program will eventually deliver fitness centers in all 50 states in the coming years. Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Anthem Foundation, Wheels Up and Nike, and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding.