EES launches health, fitness program

From School Reports

Students and teachers at Eupora Elementary School will officially kick off the Project Fit America program at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21. The PFA equipment and curriculum is funded through a grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

“Our students are being trained during PE class on how to use the equipment safely and properly. The students are very excited,” said Trey Rolison, EES principal.

PFA is a national non-profit organization that provides cardiovascular health and fitness programs to schools and creates opportunities for children to be active, fit and healthy as part of the everyday school experience.

Since 2006, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has invested more than $4.5 million to place Project Fit America equipment at 188 elementary and middle schools around the state. Components of the PFA program include outdoor and indoor physical fitness equipment, structured physical fitness curriculum and training for physical education teachers.

“We’re proud to support a program that is helping kids become more active and learn about making choices that will support a healthy lifestyle now and in the future,” said Sheila Grogan, executive director of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. “Mississippi is continuing to make progress toward a healthier future, and the foundation is pleased to be a part of that progress through our investments and leadership.”

For more information on the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, visit its website at www.healthiermississippi.org. To learn more about Project Fit America, visit www.projectfitamerica.org.