Fitness pilot program to begin at local school

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Lakewood Elementary School chosen as site

By Sarah Bennett

Through a new collaboration with Project Fit America, Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation is launching an enhanced health and physical fitness pilot program this fall at Lakewood Elementary School.

Project Fit is a nonprofit organization that donates to schools, grades K to 12, to assist in the development of cardiovascular health and physical fitness programs, according to its website.

The HMH Foundation intends to use money raised through its 2012 Run for Fun as well as money accumulated through this year’s Run for Fun and the Elizabethtown Dolphins Sprint Triathlon to pilot Project Fit’s program at Lakewood, according to news release from HMH.

The Cecilia school was selected after Project Fit solicited proposals from public schools in Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties, according to the hospital.

Hardin County Schools spokesman John Wright said Lakewood physical education teacher Kermit Olive completed the school’s proposal.

“There are not a whole lot of people more passionate about physical fitness than Kermit Olive,” Wright said Friday. “Evidently, that showed in his grant application.”

The school district is proud of Lakewood’s selection, he said, and the program is anticipated to begin in the fall.

Health and physical education encourages students to stay fit and make healthy food and lifestyle choices, Wright said.

Before the program launches, teachers will “pre-fitness test” students to establish a base line and repeat the tests in the spring to track improvements, according to the release.

Among the items Project Fit donates to schools participating in its program are above-ground, outdoor fitness equipment, lesson plan support materials and school-site teacher training, according to the hospital.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.