Lincoln Middle School Wins State-of-the-Art Fitness Center

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A major accomplishment for a local middle school, one of just three in the state chosen for a brand new state of the art fitness center.

Lincoln Middle School held a celebration today after winning a $100,000 grant that is being awarded to the school by the National Foundation for Governors Fitness Councils with the help from Coca-Cola and other sponsors.

More than 200 Illinois schools applied for the funding.

Students had a chance to cut the ribbon and test out the equipment for the first time.

“It's awesome. The kids are in there and are so excited about it so it makes all the hard work really worth it to see the kids there using the equipment. We have had the fitness center set up for a month now so it is really rewarding, said Lincoln Principal Jason Grey.

The kids say they are looking forward to working out in the gym year round.

Jake Steinfield from “Body by Jake” was there to pump up the kids.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Lincoln Middle School in Rockford has been announced as one of three winning schools that will receive a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Governor Rauner and the Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, Jake Steinfeld, recognized Lincoln Middle School, Abbott Middle School in Elgin, and Drake Elementary School in Chicago as Illinois’ most outstanding schools for demonstrating new and innovative ways for promoting student physical activity and wellness.

“Healthy habits begin in childhood, and these new fitness centers will help students build a solid foundation of physical activity at a young age,” Governor Rauner said. “With childhood obesity rates in Illinois among the highest in the nation, it’s imperative we take steps to reverse the trend. I’m happy to see three Illinois schools benefit from this public-private partnership, and thank Jake and the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils for providing them with this incredible opportunity.”

The Live Positively Fitness Centers are fully funded through public and private partnerships, which means there is no cost to taxpayers. The new fitness centers will be dedicated at ribbon cuttings ceremonies this fall.

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