Governor Awards Fever Fitness Clinics

News Release | January 26, 2005

A gym full of youngsters conducts stretching exercises during a 2004 Governor's Fitness Clinic with Fever players.

Coretta Brown shares a smile with a young girl during one of last year's Governor's Fitness Clinics at Winchester Elementary School.
By increasing their regular physical activity, students at Irvington Community School in Indianapolis and North Side Elementary School in Hartford City have won Indiana Fever fitness clinics at their schools through participation in the Governor's Fitness Award program.

The two schools won the clinics by having the top participation rates of the 57 schools that took part in the Governor's Fitness Award program, which is a free nine-week program that encourages Hoosier children in grades 1 to 12 to become more physically active.

During the clinics, Indiana Fever coaches and players 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.

Approximately 16,000 students are taking part in the Governor's Fitness Program for the 2004-2005 school year, which is the 10th year of the Governor's Fitness Award.

"Being physically active, especially at a young age, is an essential part of staying healthy," said Governor Mitch Daniels. "By committing themselves to this program over the past several weeks, the students at these schools have earned their reward and are now equipped with the knowledge to continue a healthy life."

"Lack of physical activity is directly related to the development of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and a host of other conditions," said Eric Neuburger, director of the Governor's Council for Physical Fitness and Sports.

"The purpose of the Governor's Fitness Award program is to help students build healthy habits by rewarding those who incorporate physical activity into their daily routine for the nine weeks," said Neuburger.

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 after they successfully complete their self-designed fitness programs.

All program materials are provided by the Governor's Council for Physical Fitness and Sports.