Schools Earn Fever Fitness Clinics

Indiana State Department of Health News Release | April 12, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS---By increasing their regular physical activity, students at Saint John the Baptist School in Tipton and Bloomfield Elementary School have won an Indiana Fever fitness clinic at their school. They won this honor through participation in the INShape Indiana Governor’s Fitness Award program.

"Being physically active, especially at a young age, is an essential part of staying healthy," said State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, M.D. "By committing to this program over the past several weeks, the students at these schools have earned their reward and developed healthy behaviors that will continue to benefit them as adolescents and adults."

Each year, two schools win the clinics by having the top participation and successful completion rates of the schools that took part in the INShape Indiana Governor’s Fitness Award program. It is a free nine-week program that encourages Hoosier children in grades 1 to 12 to become more physically active.

“Students at St. John’s School participate in a number of fitness activities throughout the year,” said Principal Tina McCullough. “We were especially excited to offer the Governor’s Fitness challenge to our students. The response to this opportunity was very encouraging. The students, their families, and our P.E. teacher, Mrs. Calvin, are all to be commended for their desire to improve their health and quality of life. Our school family is looking forward to the Fever’s visit.”

"The Governor's Fitness Award program is great because it teaches kids activities they can do at school or at home,” said Principal Mary Jane Vandeventer, Bloomfield Elementary. “They are learning a skill they can use for the rest of their lives."

During the clinics, Indiana Fever personnel will speak to the students at the winning schools about the value of incorporating physical activity and good nutrition into their daily lives. The athletes will share how their own daily activity and other healthy habits have contributed to their success. The players and coach will then lead the students in a number of exercise drills and other physical activities.

“WNBA Cares and the Fever stress the importance of physical fitness through programs such as our Be Smart – Be Fit – Be Yourself program,” said Roberta Courtright, community relations and special events manager, Indiana Fever. “Teaming up with the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness & Sports is a great way to reward the schools and students working hard to stay healthy and create a positive influence within the community.”

More than 30,000 students are taking part in the INShape Indiana Governor’s Fitness Program for the 2006-2007 school year, which is the 12th year of the Governor’s Fitness Award. This year, CVS Pharmacy joined as the primary sponsor of the program.

During the first week of the program, children choose and perform activities in three categories: aerobic, strength, and flexibility. The students then set goals for those activities for the next 8 weeks. Each week the results are recorded in the program booklet. Students receive a certificate signed by Governor Mitch Daniels and the Honorary Chair of the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports, Peyton Manning, after they successfully complete their self-designed fitness programs.

“Engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important habits young people can develop. We’re thrilled these children are taking part in the INShape Indiana initiative in this way, and we’re happy to reward their commitment,” said Eric Neuburger, executive director of the Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports.