3 Utah schools to get $100,000 fitness center donation

3 Utah schools to get $100,000 fitness center donation (Photo: National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils)

(KUTV) - Nominations are now open for Utah schools to get a $100,000 "DON'T QUIT! Fitness Center" donated by The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils (NFGFC).

Chairman of the NFGFC is fitness celebrity Jake Steinfeld, known for his "Body by Jake" fitness brand.

Steinfeld selected Utah for its "2018 DON'T QUIT" fitness campaign.

Anyone can nominate a Utah school, but three schools will be selected for the prize "for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit," according to the campaign.

The nomination process is now open and runs until Friday, April 6, 2018.

Click here to nominate your Utah school.

From the contest page:

We welcome all public and public charter schools to participate. Your school must have a majority of students between the ages of 8-13 years and be in one of our four 2018 partnering states – Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee or Utah. If selected for the award, your school will receive a state-of-the-art DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center worth $100,000.
All you have to do is download your state’s application, fill it out, and email it back to us by the deadline. Each center includes strength training equipment, cardio fitness equipment, and a multi-exercise, group circuit training system. The award includes customized design, delivery and installation of the equipment within the school’s existing building structure.
We will accept video submissions again this year. You still need to fill out the application form, but you may choose to submit a video instead of the written essay. You can even use your smartphone! Be creative, and remember to have fun!

Email completed applications to nominate@natgovfit.org.

“Childhood obesity is a serious problem that can follow a child into adulthood. I’ve declared war on this preventable disease and I’m inspired to see elected leaders like Governor Herbert immediately jump on board to join the battle and welcome us into his state," Steinfeld said. "Every state leader that I’ve met with recognizes that obesity is neither a democrat nor republican issue, it’s a kids issue and all have vowed to do everything possible to help." So far we’ve delivered DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers in 24 states and Washington, DC and the response from students, teachers and communities has been unbelievable. Kids are excited about working out and being physically active and, as a result, their academic performance and self-esteem has skyrocketed. Now, Utah schools have an opportunity to make a change that will have a lasting impact on kids well into their future.”

“I am grateful for this opportunity for our schools,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “Health and wellness are key to both success and happiness, and we want to help our students establish habits that will give them bright and strong futures.”

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