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Governor Tomblin and Fitness Icon Jake Steinfeld Announce Winners of National Champion Schools Campaign

From: West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

Three winning schools awarded Live Positively Fitness Centers

Charleston, WV -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and fitness icon Jake Steinfeld announced the winners of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils' National Champion Schools campaign-Stratton Elementary School in Beckley, Bridge Street Middle School in Wheeling and Southside K-8 in War. These winning schools will receive a Live PositivelyTM Fitness Center to be installed this summer and dedicated in the fall.

"Partnering with Jake and the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils provided our schools the opportunity to embrace the benefits of physical fitness," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm proud of all of the schools that applied and called attention to the benefits of being physically fit-describing how their current programs positively affect our children's health and academic performance. I'm especially pleased to congratulate Stratton Elementary School, Bridge Street Middle School, and Southside K-8."

"What a great achievement for these three schools. They've worked hard to bring innovative fitness ideas to their students and it's paid off. Because of their efforts, I'm pleased to award each of these schools with a new Live Positively Fitness Center that will allow all of their students the opportunity to add physical fitness activities into their daily routine and put them on the road to being fit and healthy," said Jake "Body by Jake" Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils. "I've always said that academics and fitness go hand in and hand and believe that if you provide the schools with the tools, students will excel beyond their wildest dreams. Not only will these students be healthier, but they'll also have increased confidence, improved self-esteem and will achieve greater academic success."

The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world. Physical activity and exercise are 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, studies show that physical activity improves academic achievement, increases confidence and self-esteem, reduces discipline problems, cuts absenteeism and fosters better interpersonal relationships.

The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils program plans to bring its challenge to all 50 states in the coming years. An attractive and unique feature of this campaign is that the Live Positively Fitness Centers are fully funded through public/private partnerships.

For more information about the National Foundation, visit www.nationalgovcouncil.org.

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