Middle School Joins Project Fit America
Published: October 18, 2009 12:42 am
Project Fit America has teamed up with Northeast Lauderdale
Middle School to help get students physically fit in Meridian.
On Tuesday Northeast will formally take the role of Lauderdale
County host and model school for Project Fit America in the
school's gymnasium at 7763 Highway 39 North, from 9 a.m.-10
Since 1980 childhood obesity has tripled according to the
U.S. Surgeon General's report.
In answer to that alarming trend, Project Fit America provides
a research-based solution that works. Formed in 1990, PFA
is a nonprofit organization that donates all inclusive fitness
equipment to schools creating new opportunities for children
to be active, fit, and healthy as part of the everyday school
Programming includes state of the art outdoor fitness equipment
that is specifically designed to address the areas where
children fail fitness tests, indoor physical education equipment,
curriculum materials, and teacher training. PFA also provides
support to the school for two years.
The primary sponsor for the PFA project in Mississippi is
The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.
Schools are selected by way of a local grant program. PFA
operates in more than 730 schools in more than 300 cities
in 40 states.
"PHysical education and fitness related activities
continue to be cut and/or poorly funded, at a time when childhood
obesity and related illnesses are at epidemic levels," PFA
Executive Director Stacey Cook said. "Our children's
health is too important to sit idly by, which is why we applaud
Northeast Lauderdale Middle School for taking this leadership
role to bring programming to Lauderdale County."
The lack of fitness and health awareness contributes to
many problems as cited by classroom teachers. Some examples
include lack of self-esteem and hyperactivity.
The findings are the basis for The Blue Cross & Blue
Shield of Mississippi Foundation sponsoring of Project Fit
"This program is a showcase for the long-term commitment
we have made to the health and well being of children and
families of our community," said Wade Overstreet, director
of The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.
Northeast Lauderdale Middle School staff and students, district
officials, along with representatives from The Blue Cross & Blue
Shield of Mississippi Foundation will dedicate the project
launch with the kids demonstrating PFA. Please join us as
we work to turn around sedentary lifestyles of our county's
BY THE NUMBERS
• 6 million American children are estimated to be overweight
enough to endanger their health according to the government.
• 5 million children are on the threshold of being
overweight but the problem is growing more extreme and widespread.