Sunday, April 24, 2011

Governor’s Challenge Competition Celebrates California Fitness Month

Note: April 30 Deadline:
Schools are strongly encouraged to promote physical activity during the month of May, which is California Fitness Month. One way to promote physical activity is to encourage participation in the 2011 Governor’s Challenge Competition--a free contest among K-12 schools that challenges California students, parents and teachers to get more active, healthy and fit.
What is the Governor’s Challenge?
The Governor’s Challenge is to be active 30-60 minutes a day at least three days a week for a month. Californians taking the Governor’s Challenge can choose to be active in any way they see fit, whether it is walking to school, playing soccer at recess and lunch, or playing on a basketball team after school.
The Governor’s Challenge is FREE, and it is easy for schools to administer on-line.  Participating schools report positive benefits to students’ health and academic success.  Last year over 1.3 million students participated in the 2010 Governor’s Challenge.
What incentives and prizes are available to students and schools?
Three Grand Prizes – State-of-the-art fitness activity centers awarded to the winning:
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Grand Prize winners are determined by student participation in the Governor’s Challenge and by support for good nutrition on campus
  • NEW – Three additional fitness centers will be awarded to schools doing an exceptional job at promoting fitness during May, California Fitness Month
  • 11 Regional Awards –$6,000 awarded to the top school in each region
  • Official Certificates of Completion to each student who completes the Governor’s Challenge
How can schools get started in the Governor’s Challenge Competition?Principals interested in having their schools vie for an award in the 2011 Governor’s Challenge Competition should have a school representative sign up as their Governor’s Challenge Coordinator at