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Governor recognizes Montana schools promoting health, fitness

Mission Middle School one of three schools to receive fully equipped fitness cente

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News from the office of Governor Gianforte 

HELENA — In partnership with the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC), Governor Greg Gianforte announced on May 31 the three Montana schools selected to receive fully equipped fitness centers in recognition of their promotion of fitness, healthy living, and nutrition in their schools and community. 

“I am proud to support the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils and thank them for their support of elementary and middle schools across our state that are committed to keeping our kids healthy,” Gov. Gianforte said. “Congratulations to Lodge Grass Elementary, Mission Middle, and C.R. Anderson Middle Schools. These new fitness centers are sure to have a tremendous impact on our students and their communities.”

The recipient schools, Mission Middle in St. Ignatius, Lodge Grass Elementary in Lodge Grass, and CR Anderson Middle in Helena were selected by the NFGFC DON’T QUIT! campaign as the state’s most outstanding schools for getting and keeping their students fit.

Established in 2012 by NFGFC Chairman Jake Steinfeld, NFGFC awards brand new DON’T QUIT! fitness centers to elementary and middle schools nationwide that demonstrate exceptional promotion of healthy living through fitness and nutrition instruction.

“We had a tremendous response from schools throughout the great state of Montana. None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of Governor Greg Gianforte who helped make this campaign a huge success by putting the health and well-being of children first,” Steinfeld said.

According to the NFGFC, each fitness center is financed through public and private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Elevance Health Foundation, and Nike.

This year, the NFGFC will have gifted fitness centers to 40 states with plans to reach all 50 states in the coming years.

The fitness centers will be unveiled during ribbon cutting ceremonies this fall. For more information about the NFGFC, visit:


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