Project Fit America – One Year Later

Bartlesville, Okla. (August 15, 2015)--Last year at this time, Jane Phillips Medical Center and ConocoPhillips teamed up to allow Jane Phillips Elementary School and Dewey Elementary School to be the first Oklahoma participants in Project Fit America. The two entities committed funds that provided curriculum, training, and equipment in an effort to get young children fit and active.

 “It was the beginning of an entire health initiative,” said JPMC Manager of Wellness Services Dawn Lundwall. “The program combines teamwork, math, and academic skills. Students track their progress to better themselves, not compete with other students. It motivates and prepares them for lifelong fitness.”

After having the program for one full school year, officials at both schools are very pleased with their success.

“This has been a very positive addition to my physical education program,” said Jeff Rude of Jane Phillips Elementary. “We have been able to get strength and cardio training into our regular program and the students are motivated to be fit and reach levels they didn’t think they could.”

Jennifer Revard at Dewey Elementary said the PE program has changed its focus to be geared more toward lifetime health and fitness.

“We exercise more and we play with a purpose. We also talk more about making healthy choices in our daily lives and opportunities to exercise outside of school. And the kids love it!”

JPMC and Truity Credit Union are teaming up to have Wayside Elementary School be the third site for the Project Fit America program. Installation is expected to be completed by late September.

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