A Movement for a FIT and Healthy America
The Cost of Obesity in the USA in 2013 Keeps Rising

225,000 Kids Want To Get Active, Fit & Healthy Now

225,000 Kids Want To Get Active, Fit & Healthy Now

You Can Get A Kid 'Off The Couch' And Active For Just $20!

SILVER SPRING, MD – November 15, 2016 – There are roughly 225,000 students from nearly 450 U.S. elementary schools that need help getting physically fit.  And, PHIT America and KIDS in the GAME are asking the general public and corporate America for their immediate assistance in funding the GO! Grants campaign to raise $2.5 million by the end of this year to fund innovative P.E. programs to get children active in 2017.

This school year, PHIT America is proud to have already distributed financial support – in the form of GO! Grants -- to 118 elementary school P.E. programs in 29 states that proposed creative programs to get their students physically active.  But, there are still another 225,000 students from 445 elementary schools across 23 states that submitted proposals that could not be funded with GO! Grant assistance.  The GO! Grants are used to support elementary school P.E. programs – before, during, and after school.  You can learn about the GO! Grants program HERE.

To bridge the financial gap and support these 445 elementary school P.E. programs right now, PHIT America and its partner KIDS in the GAME are launching an aggressive fundraising campaign:  Blitz GO! Grants.  The GO! Grants awarded to a school range in size from $1,000 to $5,000.

Americans can help get a child active for a donation of just $20. For $40, you can get two school children active.  If you want to help an entire school, donations of $1,000-$5,000 will ‘jump-start’ active lifestyles for the children in those schools. If you want to see the schools in your area which currently need help, check out the list HERE.

“Through the end of the year, we will be reaching out to corporations, organizations, and individuals, which have an interest in sports, fitness, schools, and children,” says Jim Baugh, Founder of PHIT America.  “A number of studies indicate that one of the most important classes in school is physical education because of the powerful academic benefits.  This is an investment in America’s present and future.”

According to PHIT America, there are 14 states with a double-digit number of unfunded GO! Grant applications from elementary schools.  They are Illinois (65), Georgia (39), New York (34), California (33), Texas (21), Florida (21), Tennessee (19), Arizona (15), Oregon (14), Massachusetts (13), Pennsylvania (13), North Carolina (12), Wisconsin (11), and Maryland (10).

In every GO! Grant application, schools indicate the need of their students to develop their motor skills, reduce obesity, and increase physical literacy and fitness.

During the initial round of the PHIT America GO! Grants in the 2015-2016 school year, the funds impacted the lives of more than 50,000 elementary school-age children from 156 schools in the U.S.  The cost to deliver a pro-physical activity experience for the entire school year was less than $15 per child.

“We added a health and fitness class in 2015 after receiving the grant. This doubled the amount of time students were engaged in physical education.  From K-1st grade, our students went from 26% obese (>95% BMI level) to 12% by the end of the year,” according to officials from Edison Park Elementary (Edison Park, Illinois).

If individuals want to lend a helping hand to the Blitz GO! Grants program, they can give any amount starting at $20.  Corporate giving starts at $1,000.  To make a donation to this initiative, please access BlitzGoGrants.org.