Project Fit America Comes
to Newton County Elementary
Students at Newton County Elementary School have new tools
to help them be active and strong.
Posted: 5:53 PM Nov 15, 2011
Reporter: Brian Hutton, Jr.
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Newton County Elementary School cut the ribbon Tuesday for
new playground equipment and the launch of Project Fit
Project Fit America is a national public charity that establishes
academic programs in schools to improve the physical education
of children. The program provides outdoor fitness training
equipment, indoor mobile fitness equipment, staff training,
and curriculum support materials.
The elements of Project Fit are what most children are capable
"This grant offers us, K through 5, elements that will
help students build towards strength training," said
Janine Vincent, grant writer. "It doesn't matter what
size or weight they are. It's something they can do at home
once they get the vision of it here at school."
The equipment will get plenty of use by the students.
"We plan to, with Mississippi being the most overweight
state in the United States, we plan to implement our kids,
K through 5 here. Take them out a couple times a week on
the equipment, just teach them the importance of physical
fitness and how important it is, the older you get, to be
physically fit," said Tonette Cochran, physical education
It is the hope that by getting kids involved in elementary
school, they will go on to be healthy, active adults.
"Coach Cheatham was talking earlier, you know, they
get kids over at the high school that maybe can't jump rope
or have not been as physically fit," said Cochran. "We're
hoping with Project Fit, these kids will learn at an early
age to be physically fit and carry it with them through their
It's never too early to start living healthy.