3 Michigan Schools to Be Awarded $100,000 Fitness Centers

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Sadly, less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day; and only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Though teenagers have a lot more energy than working professionals, they aren't exactly being as active as they could -- and should -- be. 

Kids are more obsessed with video games and their cellphones than ever before. And they aren't even playing as many sports as they once did. In fact, about 25,000 fewer high school kids played football in 2018 compared to 2017. 

Something needs to be done in order to get high school students focusing more on not only their academic performance but their fitness, as well. 

Thankfully, for three Michigan schools, a $300,000 something is being done. 

According to The News-Herald, three Michigan schools are going to be gifted $100,000 fitness centers

As part of the Don't Quit! fitness campaign, schools in the Downriver and Dearborn area that place a high priority on youth fitness are being encouraged to apply for an opportunity for the fitness center upgrades. 

"Childhood obesity is a serious problem that can follow a child into adulthood," said Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils. "I've declared war on this preventable disease and it's inspiring to see elected leaders like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer immediately jump on board to join the battle and welcome us into their state. Every governor we've partnered with recognizes that obesity is neither a Democratic nor Republican issue; it's a kids' issue and all have vowed to do everything possible to help." 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. This increase in youth obesity has led to increases in dozens of chronic diseases and illnesses, including asthma, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. 

In order to apply, a form needs to be filled out online and include a written essay or short video. The application for the National Foundation of Governor's Fitness can be found here. School nominations will be accepted through March 22.

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