Building Healthy Schools
School Health and Fitness
“The Project Fit America Program is making a positive impact on my students by providing them with confidence to overcome barriers and enhance their lives with health and fitness opportunities. Thank you to the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation for providing the Project Fit America Program. It is an amazing opportunity for students and teachers in the state of Mississippi."
Kelli Bruce, P.E. Teacher, Inverness Elementary School
By investing in elementary and middle schools, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is positively influencing a generation of children who deserve a healthy start in life. Through the development of strategic partnerships with school districts, the Foundation is a catalyst for healthy schools and healthy students.
The Foundation’s partnership with Project Fit America began in 2005, and since then, a total of 240 Mississippi K-8 schools are benefiting from the placement of indoor and outdoor exercise equipment and physical education curricula that includes onsite training for P.E. teachers.
The Foundation established innovative standards for reporting health improvements for schools participating in the Project Fit America Program. A recent study led by the Mississippi State University Social Science Research Center reports that students in these schools experienced a 2.5% decrease in BMI and an overall improvement in fitness levels, while 91% of the schools made positive nutritional changes.
The Project Fit America Program, in partnership with the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, provides exciting and unique opportunities for students to learn the value of adopting healthy lifestyles that will carry them beyond their elementary school years.