Three elementary or middle schools in Kentucky may be chosen to have their own $100,000 fitness center.

According to a news release, Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, has selected Kentucky for its 2020 DON’T QUIT! Campaign. 

The foundation “seeks to encourage and reward innovation in the field of youth fitness by awarding fitness centers to schools that use new and unique methods to promote student physical activity and wellness,” according to the release.

“Childhood obesity is a serious problem that can follow a child into adulthood,” Steinfeld said in the release. “I’ve declared war on this preventable disease and it’s inspiring to see elected leaders like Governor Andy Beshear immediately jump on board to join the battle and welcome us into the great state Kentucky.”

Each fitness center is finan­ced through public/private partnerships, including with companies such as Coca-Cola, Anthem and Nike.

The money does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state money. TuffStuff Fitness In­ter­national, a fitness equipment manufacturer, provides the equipment.

The foundation has given centers to a number of other states, including Massachusetts, Georgia, West Virginia and Tennessee.

“This is a real opportunity for every elementary and middle school in the state to demonstrate what they are doing to be physically active and healthy,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in the release.

Along with Kentucky, Ok­la­homa, Alabama and Indiana will receive fitness centers.

School nominations are being accepted until March 20. Those looking to apply can go to natgovfit.org/nominate-your-school/.

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