Ohio Department of Education Topic News

Competition promotes innovative fitness curriculum


Jake Steinfeld, fitness expert and chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, has selected the state of Ohio to kick off its National Fitness Champion campaign to help fight childhood obesity.

The campaign recognizes elementary and middle schools for demonstrating new and innovative ways of introducing physical activity and wellness into their curricula. Three Ohio schools, selected by the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils as competition winners, will each be awarded $100,000 state-of-the-art fitness centers for their efforts. The deadline for nominations is May 31. Visit the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils’ website for additional information. The Ohio Fitness Center Award School Nomination Form is available here.

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich, who has pledged his support of the challenge said, “I am excited to have Ohio schools compete in the National Fitness Campaign and begin seeking new ways they can help improve student wellness. For many years, Jake Steinfeld has been a national leader in promoting exercise and physical fitness, and his work to help our most vulnerable students get more active is a fine example of his commitment. 

Gov. Kasich also enlisted the help of his wife, Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich. “My wife, Karen, has long shared that commitment to fitness and student wellness, and I’m excited she has offered her help to this effort,” he said.

Ohio First Lady Karen W. Kasich, who has focused on ways to improve health and wellness in the state said, "The National Fitness Champion campaign, with its emphasis on the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices, will encourage young Ohioans to take a hands-on role in our fight to reduce the toll of childhood obesity. While three high-scoring schools will each take the top prize of a state-of-the-art fitness center, all schools that participate will benefit as they explore new, innovative ways to improve student health and wellness. Given the use and positive feedback from my "Time for 10!" fitness videos, I expect there will be tremendous interest in this challenge.”