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Longest Elementary Kicks Off Project Fit America in a Fun-filled Event – VIDEO SLIDESHOW 


MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (9/30/2014) – On Tuesday, September 30, Longest Elementary School officially took their position as a host and model school for Project Fit America (PFA), a national public charity dedicated to getting kids fit since 1990, as a result of a $16,500 grant provided by PFA and Baptist Health of Madisonville.

“The partnership between our organizations will serve as a cornerstone for enduring community health and wellness. Baptist Health Madisonville’s sponsorship of Project Fit America is another example of our proactive response to the growing need for preventative medical and wellness services in our community,” stated Mike Baumgartner, CEO of Baptist Health Madisonville, in a recent press statement.

Programming includes state-of-the-art 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 for kids with the PFA outdoor & indoor equipment; the program also teaches character development, sportsmanship, team work, and leadership skills. The academic emphasis is to create “physically educated” children and to empower them to take personal responsibility of their health with enthusiasm. PFA also provides support to the schools for two years along with on-site training with each PE teacher.

At the event, a ribbon cutting was held by several local officials, including State Rep. Brent Yonts, Baptist Health Representatives and several others. Over 400 students were present.

One individual that worked diligently to prepare for the kick-off was Anne Heltsley with the Longest Elementary School System. Mrs. Heltsley arranged for the Ribbon Cutting as well as joining with 14 Longest Elementary students in giving an example of how students would use the equipment to maintain physical health.

Below you will find a video slideshow of photos taken at the event, wherein many children danced, laughed, and lots of fun was had…