ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez, Lt. Governor John Sanchez, Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils and students from Mesa Elementary, East San Jose Elementary and Jemez Elementary/Middle Schools cut the ribbon on their brand new state-of-the-art, $100,000 Live Positively Fitness Centers Tuesday.
The three schools were awarded for demonstrating innovative ways in promoting physical activity and wellness to their students, the governor’s office said in a news release.
“I’m fired up to be in New Mexico today to cut the ribbon on their brand new Live Positively Fitness Center,” said Steinfeld in a statement. “Today’s leaders – whether in schools like, Mesa Elementary, East San Jose Elementary or Jemez Elementary/Middle or companies like Coca-Cola and AOL – understand the value of bringing innovative fitness ideas to students. This new fitness center will provide generations of students with the necessary tools to make physical fitness activities part their daily routine.”
The National Foundation’s 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 with companies like Coca-Cola and AOL and does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding. Live Positively is part of Coca-Cola’s commitment to bring people together to make a positive difference, which includes supporting physical activity programs.