August 12, 2008

EnergyNow! Grants Help Middle Schools to Continue Progress in Combating Childhood Obesity


Contact: Jasmine Lyons, +1-917-595-3046, [email protected], or Kathleen Reynolds, +1-917-595-3031, [email protected], both of CooperKatz for EnergyNow!

Funding Provides Schools with Critical Resources & Assessment Tools To Help Students Lead Active and Healthier Lifestyles

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- EnergyNow!, an alliance comprised of leading authorities in the physical education and fitness technology fields, today announced the recipients of EnergyNow! grants to help public middle schools in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia continue to combat childhood obesity.

In the programs second year, a total of 10 grants were awarded, each valued at more than $12,000. The grant winners are:

-- Clymer Central School, Highlands Middle School and York Middle School in New York;

-- Maize Road Elementary School in Ohio;

-- Cambridge Springs Junior-Senior High School, Maplewood Junior- Senior High School and Troy Middle School in Pennsylvania;

-- James Blair Middle School, Hungary Creek Middle School and Ni River Middle School in Virginia.

The results-based grant program will strengthen the current physical education program at winning schools by providing physical education teachers with the tools, resources, and professional development needed to collect, monitor and assess student performance. With the use of Polar heart rate monitors and assessment technology, teachers will have a clear understanding of each students fitness and skill levels and will be able to monitor their progress throughout the year while measuring the programs effectiveness.

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) will also provide instructional resources and professional development to assist teachers in using equipment and technology in ways that help students achieve the National Standards for Physical Education. Additionally, schools will receive funding to purchase physical education equipment based on their specific needs.

According to an April study from researchers at the University of North Carolina, children who lead a sedentary lifestyle are up to six times more likely to be at serious risk of heart disease later in life than active peers.

The goal of EnergyNow! is to motivate and engage students to become more physically active while educating them on the importance of lifelong fitness, said Charlene Burgeson, chair, EnergyNow! Alliance. By helping each student understand these lessons, they will have the knowledge, power and tools they need to lead a healthier lifestyle.

In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that childhood obesity rates may be leveling off nationally -- a potential sign of progress.

Were excited to learn about preliminary studies showing a leveling off in childhood obesity rates, said Burgeson. Through national education programs and grant initiatives such as EnergyNow! and others around the country, we hope to see continued progress and look forward to working with these schools to help their students succeed in school and in life.

The winning schools will incorporate the EnergyNow! program into their existing physical education curriculum at the beginning of the 2008 - 2009 school year.

The lifelong lessons students will learn in the EnergyNow! program will be invaluable -- educating them on the importance of physical fitness and ultimately helping them to lead longer, healthier lives, said Jeff Padovan, President of Polar Inc. Were thrilled to continue our role in the Alliance as it helps the latest round of winning schools continue building strong physical education programs.

The EnergyNow! program evaluation committee scored each grant submission and the winning schools were determined by the total number of points scored. The highest scoring middle schools in each state were selected as grant recipients.

About EnergyNow!

EnergyNow! is a results-based grant program that will enable schools to combat the alarming trend towards obesity in children with an emphasis on building physical education programs that are doable, sustainable and effective. The EnergyNow! alliance includes the National Association of Physical Sport and Education (NASPE), the preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity; and Polar, the leading manufacturer of heart rate monitors and fitness assessment technology that has a 10-year history of providing high-tech tools to schools across the country. For more information on the program or available grants through EnergyNow! visit,


Jasmine Lyons CooperKatz for EnergyNow!


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Kathleen Reynolds

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