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Fitness icon, Mission students celebrate new equipment with ribbon cutting

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News & photos from Bill Bradley, Me Communications

ST. IGNATIUS — Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, dignitaries, and students cut the ribbon on Mission Middle School’s new DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9. The school was one of three Montana schools selected as the state’s most outstanding schools for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit. The other two winning schools were Lodge Grass School in Lodge Grass and C.R. Anderson Middle School in Helena.

Governor Gianforte signed a proclamation declaring October as “DON’T QUIT! Fitness Month.” During DON’T QUIT! Fitness Month, families and communities are encouraged to renew their commitment to making physical activity and healthy eating part of their children’s daily lives.

The NFGFC program will make its way into all 50 states in the coming years. Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company, Elevance Health Foundation, and Nike, and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding. Fit Supply provides all the fitness equipment. The NFGFC’s goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.

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.


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