GO! Grants Continue to Get Kids Active
Team dealers can continue to get involved in an industry-wide effort to combat the obesity pandemic in America through PHIT America’s efforts. Since September 2015, PHIT America GO! Grants have been awarded to 730 elementary school P.E. programs in 39 states that have provided physical activity outlets for more than 400,000 elementary school children in the U.S.
More than 100,000 kids have been introduced to an active lifestyle in the past year. To date, the GO! Grant funds have been raised from the private sector. Also, the GO! Grants program has been conducted with the support of longtime partner KIDS in the GAME.
PHIT America GO! Grants help schools that are in desperate need of gear, programming or training for physical activity programs. PHIT America GO! Grants range in size from $1000 to $5000 per school. Every PHIT America GO! Grant is focused on providing assistance to schools that want to help students improve their motor skills, reduce obesity and enhance fitness.
For elementary schools that are willing to start a before-school walking and running initiative, PHIT America has a new program called AMPED — a school-based walking and running program designed to amplify education with exercise. AMPED will get children physically active every day before school. To date, 82 elementary schools in 24 states conduct the AMPED program, which has impacted nearly 44,000 school children.
“Parents, teachers and administrators love what is happening in their schools with GO! Grants,” said Natalie Hummel, executive director and co-founder of KIDS in the GAME. “These grants are making a big impact on the lives of the students at the schools which are receiving the funding. With more GO! Grant-funded P.E. programs, we are seeing children with increased attention span, positive moods, and improved school camaraderie.”
To emphasize the importance of P.E. in our schools, PHIT America has produced a series of documentaries – entitled “Creating Healthier & Smarter Kids: The Power of P.E.” – that showcase the significant academic benefits of P.E. and the downsides of physical inactivity. The videos are available at Videos.PHITAmerica.org. Viewers will hear comments about the importance of physical activity from a medical doctor, school leaders, classroom teachers, P.E. professionals, parents, and young students. In this video, you will learn how P.E. and physical activity breaks during the school day actually stimulate a better learning environment for students.