Project Fit America
About Project Fit America
Project Fit America (PFA) is a national nonprofit organization that creates sustainable and innovative broad based fitness programs in schools. PFA is in its 25th year of working with nearly 1,000 schools in over 300 cities, across 46 states.
PFA program components include:
- Advanced outdoor fitness equipment specifically designed to address the deficit areas where children fail fitness tests;
- Indoor fitness equipment;
- A dynamic curriculum with games, activities and challenges;
- On-site teacher training and in-class instruction on subjects such as smoking intervention, nutrition and understanding your body.
During the two year program, Project Fit America provides and implements eight program components to each selected school. Schools report increased motivation, participation and physical improvements in their students, along with parents and faculty becoming more involved in choosing fitness activities over sedentary lifestyle habits.
Project Fit America and Baptist Health
Baptist Health has partnered with Project Fit America since 2007, and has had 23 total projects implemented across Kentucky.
Sixteen of the total number of schools has received Project Fit grants from Baptist Health Paducah. Paducah’s McNabb Elementary and Graves County’s Central Elementary were awarded the program in 2007; Lone Oak Elementary, 2009; Concord Elementary, 2011; Clark Elementary, 2012; Benton Elementary, 2013; Calvert City Elementary and East Calloway Elementary, 2014; Morgan Elementary, Heath Elementary and Reidland Intermediate, 2015; Hendron-Lone Oak Elementary, 2016; Graves County’s Symsonia, Lowes and Wingo elementary schools in 2017, and Central Elementary School in Marshall County in 2018.
Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville launched the Project Fit America program in 2014. Six schools have benefited from the program so far. These schools include Longest Elementary, 2014; Sinking Fork Elementary, 2014; West Broadway Elementary, 2014; Central City Elementary, 2015; Pride Elementary, 2015; and Grapevine Elementary, 2015.
Baptist Health Corbin has awarded four schools with Project Fit grants since launching in 2012. The first location, Corbin Intermediate School was implemented in 2012, with the Corbin Middle School following in 2013, Lynn Camp Elementary School in 2014 and Williamsburg Independent School in October 2015.
Both Baptist Health Louisville and Hardin Memorial Hospital, managed by Baptist Health, have each funded one project. Baptist Health Louisville, in collaboration with Kelly Construction, funded a project for Painted Stone Elementary in September 2015, the first in Kentuckiana, while Hardin Memorial Health launched the program in 2013 for Lakewood Elementary School.
For more information on Project Fit America please visit http://www.projectfitamerica.org.