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COLUMBIA – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is pleased to be joined by S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman to announce that fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, has kicked off 2018 by selecting the state for its 2018 "DON’T QUIT!" fitness campaign. The NFGFC will deliver a state-of-the-art fitness center to three schools for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit. The nomination process is open and will run through Friday, April 6, 2018. Anyone can nominate a school by visiting www.natgovfit.org.

“Childhood obesity is a serious problem that can follow a child into adulthood. I’ve declared war on this preventable disease and I’m inspired to see elected leaders like Governor McMaster immediately jump on board to join the battle and welcome us into his state. Every state leader that I’ve met with recognizes that obesity is neither a democrat nor republican issue, it’s a kids issue and all have vowed to do everything possible to help,” said Jake Steinfeld. “So far we’ve delivered DON’T QUIT! Fitness Centers in 24 states and Washington, DC and the response from students, teachers and communities has been unbelievable. Kids are excited about working out and being physically active and, as a result, their academic performance and self-esteem has skyrocketed. Now, South Carolina schools have an opportunity to make a change that will have a lasting impact on kids well into their future.”

“Teaching young people healthy habits at a young age has proven to be one of the most effective ways to encourage health and productivity later in life,” said McMaster. “The work that Jake and his team are doing around the country is something that South Carolina is proud to be a part of and a cause everyone can support. Our young people are the most important asset in our state and country, and we must do everything we can to support them and provide them with every opportunity for success.”

“The health of South Carolina’s students has a strong impact on their success in the classroom and throughout their lives,” said South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “I applaud Governor McMaster for recognizing the importance of ensuring our students are healthy and ready to learn and partnering with the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils to bring this exciting opportunity to South Carolina schools.”

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. In schools, studies show that physical activity improves academic achievement, increases confidence and self-esteem, reduces discipline problems, cuts absenteeism, and fosters better interpersonal relationships.

For more information about the NFGFC or to download a nomination form, visit www.natgovfit.org.

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