Noblesville—Riverview Health Foundation and Project Fit America (PFA) partnered together again to provide advanced outdoor and indoor fitness equipment, curriculum materials and teacher training to three Noblesville elementary schools in an effort to increase health and fitness among students.
Kick-off events were held at Hazel Dell Elementary, North Elementary and Hinkle Creek Elementary. Festivities included demonstrations of the new Project Fit equipment, and special appearances from Zeke, Indy Eleven Mascot, and Boomer, Indiana Pacers Mascot.
“This year is a milestone for the Noblesville Schools, because with the launching of Hazel Dell, Hinkle Creek and North Elementary, the PFA program now becomes institutionalized in all the elementary schools in the district,” said Stacey Cook, Executive Director, Project Fit America. “We thank Riverview Health Foundation and it's donors for their fitness-forward vision to create a healthier generation.”
Last year, Stony Creek Elementary and Promise Road Elementary received grants for the new fitness equipment. By the end of the school year, Stony Creek reported 27.24% increase in cardiovascular endurance, 73.95% increase in upper body strength and a 40.9% increase in abdominal strength. Promise Road’s results were also impressive with a 28.4% increase in cardiovascular endurance, 88.14% increase in upper body strength and a 14.96% increase in abdominal strength.
Project Fit America 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 24th year of working with schools in nearly 900 schools in over 300 cities in 45 states.
About Riverview Health Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, Riverview Health Foundation—a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization—has served Riverview Health in preserving the health of the community through philanthropic efforts and fundraising. Funds raised by Riverview Health Foundation are gifted to Riverview Health for the purposes of purchasing advanced medical equipment and providing much-needed services to patients and their family members.
About Riverview Health
Riverview Health is comprised of a full-service, 156-bed hospital and 26 primary, immediate and specialty care facilities in Hamilton and Tipton counties. Together, we provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services in more than 35 healthcare specialties—and have been frequently recognized for our clinical and service excellence.
Riverview Health is comprised of a full-service, 156-bed hospital in Noblesville and a hospital in Westfield with four—soon-to-be 20—beds. Also included are 23 primary, immediate and specialty-care facilities in Hamilton County. Riverview Health provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services in more than 35 healthcare specialties and has been frequently recognized for its clinical and service excellence. National achievements include Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery award (2019) and Outstanding Patient Experience award (2017-2018). Leapfrog Group awarded Riverview Health an A grade—the highest grade possible—for patient safety in 2017. As one of the largest employers in Hamilton County, Riverview Health recently received the Five-Star AchieveWELL Award through the Wellness Council of Indiana and was honored at the 2017 Indiana Health and Wellness Summit. For more information on Riverview Health, visit riverview.org.