Gov. Rauner and Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils Jake Steinfeld announced three schools that will each receive a state-of-the-art fitness center.
The schools that will receive the centers are Abbott Middle School in Elgin, Drake Elementary School in Chicago and Lincoln Middle School in Rockford. Each school was named for demonstrating new and innovative ways for promoting student physical activity and wellness.
“Healthy habits begin in childhood, and these new fitness centers will help students build a solid foundation of physical activity at a young age,” Gov. Rauner said.
“With childhood obesity rates in Illinois among the highest in the nation, it’s imperative we take steps to reverse the trend. I’m happy to see three Illinois schools benefit from this public-private partnership, and thank Jake and the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils for providing them with this incredible opportunity.”
According to the foundation, 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.
The Live Positively Fitness Centers are fully funded through public and private partnerships, meaning that there is no cost to taxpayers.The fitness centers will be dedicated at ribbon cutting ceremonies this fall.