Southern Ohio Medical Center has awarded a $20,000 grant to Greenup County Schools for a new physical fitness program for elementary school students. The grant is part of the SOMC Make A Difference Grant program supporting area school projects that have an impact on students and the community and ultimately the long-term health of area residents.
“We are excited to have SOMC’s support for this program,” Greenup Superintendent John F. Younce said. “Our future is dependent upon the health and well-being of our young people and our community as a whole, and we envision this project taking great steps toward developing health-mindful habits among our students.”
Greenup’s program, “Health Revolution,” includes a multi-faceted approach with students receiving direct nutrition and physical fitness instruction in the classroom, and includes partnering with community resources. Specialized instruction will include dance, step aerobics, body bar exercises and each elementary school will have a Dance Dance Revolution machine for use during recess times. Family fitness nights with activities and screenings are also included.
“Greenup’s proposal includes strong measurement and evaluation tools, and the sheer volume of students that this program will impact sets it apart,” SOMC President Randy Arnett said. “Teaching our children how to lead healthier lives is vital to our society’s future. We are proud to be associated with this project and play a part in its success.”
The other two recipients in SOMC’s Make A Difference Grant program included Green Local Schools and Washington Nile Local Schools. Separate news releases on the other two grants will also be distributed to area media detailing the other recipients’ projects.