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For Immediate Release:  June 6, 2017

AtlantiCare awards Project Fit America grant

Mullica Township School receives $17,800
for health and fitness education

AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children awarded Mullica Township School with a Project Fit America grant June 5.

Project Fit America is a national non-profit public charity that creates and administers exemplary fitness in education programming in elementary and middle schools. The program is customized to the school and aims to increase children’s fitness testing levels and engage students in fun and innovative activities.

The AtlantiCare Foundation is funding the $17,800 grant, which will provide indoor and outdoor fitness equipment, on-site teacher training, curriculum materials, and lesson plan support for Mullica School.

“Health and fitness is a priority for our students and staff,” said Matthew Mazzoni, principal, Mullica Township School. “Since 2011, AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program has helped us implement and expand the healthy programming that we offer. We are thrilled to be the recipient of this grant to further develop our fitness programs and instill healthy habits in our students.”

“Children learn better when they are healthy,” said Samantha Kiley, executive director, AtlantiCare Foundation. “AtlantiCare and Project Fit America are perfect partners for helping our schools improve our students’ health and thereby improve their academic achievement. Childhood obesity can lead to health problems, such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes,” she added. “Learning healthy habits at a young age will benefit students the rest of their lives.”

This is the second grant funded by the AtlantiCare Foundation. The George J. Mitchell Elementary School, in Little Egg Harbor, received a Project Fit America grant in 2014.

About AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program
AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program works with area schools to create and sustain healthy school environments by providing resources and programming to ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. For more information about this or other AtlantiCare programs, or to find a provider, call the AtlantiCare Access Center 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.

About Project Fit America (PFA)
PFA is a national nonprofit organization that creates sustainable and innovative broad based fitness programs in schools.  PFA programming includes state-of-the-art 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.  PFA is in its 26th year of working with schools in nearly 1,000 schools in over 300 cities in 46 states. 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.

Contacts:      
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-677-6016, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org

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