School funded for health program
by Rory Doyle
Sep 11, 2012 | 1214 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students and teachers at Shelby Middle School will officially kick off the Project Fit America program on Sept. 22.

PFA is a national nonprofit organization that provides cardiovascular health and fitness programs to schools across the nation.

The equipment and curriculum for the program is funded through a grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

Principal Rev. Fredrick Ford said the school is thrilled to be involved with the program.

"I'm extremely excited about Project Fit coming, especially considering all the health problems we have in Mississippi," said Ford. "This program will help battle problems like childhood obesity and diabetes.

"The children and teachers are also excited because this will bring physical education to a whole new level at Shelby Middle School."

Ford said the school received over $70,000 worth of new equipment from PFA.

Since 2006, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has invested over $4.5 million to place PFA equipment at 188 elementary and middle schools around the state.

Components of the program include outdoor and indoor physical fitness equipment, structured physical fitness curriculum and training for physical education teachers.

"We're proud to support a program that is helping kids become more active and learn about making choices that will support a healthy lifestyle now and in the future," said Sheila Grogan, executive director of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

"Mississippi is continuing to make progress toward a healthier future, and the foundation is pleased to be part of that progress through our investments and leadership."

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