From WXVT 15 Local News
Greenville School Gets Project Fit America Gear
Posted: Nov 9, 2009 03:37 PM
A new program was launched Monday to help fight childhood obesity.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Webb Elementary School
in Greenville for some new workout equipment, paid for by Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi, which has sponsored Project
Fit America sites throughout the state.
Before the ceremony, several public officials and others addressed
the students and guests. Among the speakers were Greenville
Mayor Heather Hudson; Metcalfe Mayor Corey Holmes, a former
pro football player; Rep. John Hines; Dr. Leeson Taylor, deputy
superintendent of the Greenville Public School District; Philip
Doiron, CEO of the YMCA in Greenville; and Errick Simmons,
a Greenville City Council member and president of the Webb
Simmons says the grant is a great thing for the school and
the community, and that the workout center, located behind
the school, is available for public use.
Delmar Sprouse, coach and physical education instructor at
Webb, says fitness is more than about running around or playing
basketball. Those who go through all seven stations will have
a full-body workout.
The stations are a climbing exercise, a bar for practicing
tumbles, a pull-up (chin-up) bar, a sit-up station, an overhead
hand ladder (monkey bar), parallel bars and stepping blocks.
Entertainment was provided by the Greenville-Weston High School
Hornet mascot, and the Coleman Middle School marching band.
Of more than 100,000 schools that applied for Project Fit America
grants, only 700 have been awarded. Webb and Our Lady of Lourdes
Elementary School in Greenville are in the program.
Project Fit America is a national charity that's been active