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Mrs.Cradic would like to thank everyone who came out for the Ribbon-cutting/Dedication Day for our new Project Fit America Indoor/Outdoor Fitness Center.
In addition to the photo gallery from the day of the event (above), a press release of the event fromWellmont, and a photo gallery from "Project Fit Training Day" are shown below:
WELLMONT FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH PROJECT FIT, BOOSTS FITNESS PROGRAM AT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL
JOHNSON CITY Children at one local school will soon begin an innovative program to set them on a lifelong course for better health.
Wellmont Foundation, Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals and Wellmont LiveWell have partnered with Project Fit America, a national nonprofit charity, to provide University School in Johnson City with a grant for fitness education, which includes new equipment. The grant, which totals nearly $15,000, was raised through Childrens Miracle Network funds.
The school will hold a kickoff celebration at noon Friday, Nov. 21, to celebrate its new program. Representatives from Childrens Miracle Network, Wellmont Foundation and University School will deliver remarks on the importance of this health-conscious initiative. Afterward, students will also use this opportunity to showcase their new fitness equipment.
We are pleased and excited to continue our collaboration with Project Fit America as we improve the quality of life for our regions children, said Todd Norris, Wellmont Health Systems senior vice president for system development and president of Wellmont Foundation. This program is part of Wellmonts long-term commitment to wellness and community health, which begins with developing healthy habits and active lifestyles at a young age.
The foundation has partnered with Project Fit since 2000 and been responsible for raising needed Childrens Miracle Network funds each year to purchase fitness equipment for selected schools.
Wellmont has been the regions Childrens Miracle Network affiliate for more than 25 years, and all money raised in this area is used by Wellmont to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for its pediatric departments, neonatal intensive care unit and emergency departments and fund community partnerships that advance children's health.
Dr. Doyle Brinson, University Schools principal, is grateful his school has received this years grant.
Our physical education program is extremely important in guiding and teaching students the importance of exercise and eating healthy, Brinson said. My hope is all students will know and enjoy lifelong wellness.
The fitness upgrades for University School include state-of-the art indoor and outdoor equipment that focuses on strength and cardiovascular health. Additionally, Project Fit has furnished the school with an innovative, comprehensive fitness education model, which is specialized for physical education teachers. The curriculum includes games, activities and challenges that incorporate the new equipment.
The goal for students is to take personal responsibility for their health and to create more academic engagement. Studies have shown physically active children to be more advanced in their studies and also more capable of developing leadership and teamwork skills.
Project Fit programs have already seen success in battling health issues. At Holston View Elementary School in Bristol, which received the grant in 2013, students fitness testing showed an impressive 22 percent increase in cardiovascular endurance, a 108 percent increase in upper-body strength and a 49 percent increase in abdominal strength.
To learn more about Project Fit or this years celebration, please contact the foundation at 423-230-8550.