Governor Christie and Asbury Park Middle Students to Cut Ribbon on School’s New Live Positively Fitness Center
WHAT: Governor Chris Christie, Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, and other dignitaries will cut the ribbon on Asbury Middle School’s new state-of-the-art Live Positively Fitness Center at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 23. Asbury was one of three New Jersey schools selected as a National Champion School earlier this year for their efforts in promoting physical fitness innovation and healthy living standards to their students. The other two winning schools were Leonard V. Moore Middle in Roselle and Ezra L. Nolan Middle #40 in Jersey City.
Adding to the day's excitement, an official proclamation from Governor Christie will be shared during the ceremony that recognizes September as "Youth Wellness Month." During "Youth Wellness Month," families and communities are encouraged to renew their commitment to making physical activity and a healthy diet part of our children's daily lives.
The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program will roll out to all 50 states in the coming years. The goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world by providing schools with the tools they need to succeed. Making this program even more attractive is that it does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding. Each fitness center is financed through a public/private sector partnership with companies like The Coca-Cola Company.
WHO: Governor Chris Christie
Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils
Steve Cahillane, President of Coca Cola North America
Angela Ahbez-Anderson, Board President of Asbury Park School District
Dr. Antonio Lewis, Principal of Asbury Park Middle School
VISUAL: 250 excited students
Live Positively Fitness Center - Students will use the equipment for the first time!
Fitness demonstration by the students
WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Asbury Park Middle School
1200 Bangs Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Auditorium and Fitness Center
WHY: Physical activity and exercise have been shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life and reduce health care costs. In schools, physical activity and exercise have been shown to improve academic achievement, increase confidence and self-esteem, reduce discipline problems, cut absenteeism and foster better interpersonal relationships.
About the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils:
The National Foundation seeks to encourage and reward innovation in the field of youth fitness by awarding fitness centers to schools that use new and unique methods to promote student physical activity and wellness. The National Foundation envisions a fitness center in every school in the U.S., helping to build a nation that—through innovation and a “Don’t Quit” attitude—boasts the fittest kids in the world. Visit http://www.nationalgovcouncil.org/ for more information.