Project Fit America ribbon-cuttings at Ranch Heights & Woodrow Wilson on 10/17

posted Sep 26, 2018, 9:54 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 26, 2018, 10:08 AM ]

Jane Phillips Medical Center and Truity Credit Union are joining with Bartlesville Public School administrators, teachers, and students to celebrate the launch of Project Fit America (PFA) in two more district schools. Both Ranch Heights and Woodrow Wilson schools will join Hoover in being outfitted with indoor and outdoor fitness equipment and related curricula. The celebration includes a ribbon cutting ceremonies and students demonstrating exercises on their new outdoor fitness equipment, which is called their “Fit Pit!”  

October 17, 2018
10-11 a.m. - Woodrow Wilson Elementary School at 245 NE Spruce
2-3 p.m. - Ranch Heights Elementary School at 5101 Woodland Rd

Brittany Whaling, the physical education teacher at Wilson, stated, “I am excited to have the Project Fit America grant award for our school so I can learn new activities and games and so our students have the opportunity to be healthy and fit. I want my students to be a generation of healthy people who don’t just sit inside watching videos or playing video games.”

Ben Showler, the physical education teacher at Ranch Heights, stated, “This grant is a blessing to our town, community, and school.  The more tools we have to use, the better our chances are to reach students. To instill healthy qualities at the elementary age is an absolute that needs to be a priority in our country.  That is why the promotion of healthy lifestyles is a priority for myself and my school.”

A grant funded by Jane Phillips Medical Center and Truity Credit Union provides the Project Fit America (PFA) program to each school which includes state-of-the-art fitness equipment specifically designed to address the deficit areas where children fail fitness tests. The grant includes installation and a dynamic curriculum with games, activities, and challenges for kids with PFA outdoor & indoor equipment. The program also teaches character development, sportsmanship, teamwork, and leadership skills.  The academic emphasis is to create “physically educated” children and to empower them to take personal responsibility for their health with enthusiasm. PFA also provides support to the schools for two years along with on-site training with each physical education teacher.

“Research shows that not only is physical education important for a child’s physical development, it actually helps kids read and learn math. Physically active kids are better learners. Quality fitness in education has a direct impact not only a child’s health but their academic success,” said Stacey Cook, Executive Director of PFA.  “We are extremely proud of our partnership with Jane Phillips Medical Center and Truity Credit Union for their commitment to bring this program to the community and for their dedication to improving the health and wellness of children.”

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