LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson is encouraging Arkansas elementary and middle schools to compete for three fitness centers that will be created in the state by the National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils.

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson is encouraging Arkansas elementary and middle schools to compete for three fitness centers that will be created in the state by the National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils.


The fitness centers will go to schools that "think outside the box by implementing innovative ideas in fitness and nutrition," according to a news release from the foundation, which is chaired by fitness professional Jake Steinfeld. The three schools selected will be named National Champion Schools.


The $100,000 cost of each center will be provided through public-private partnerships at no expense to the state, the foundation said.


"I’m honored to partner with Jake Steinfeld to bring the National Champion Schools campaign to Arkansas schools," Hutchinson said in the release. "Childhood obesity is a significant problem in this great state. I believe this program is a step in the right direction for getting our kids fit and healthy, and I would encourage every elementary and middle school in the state to take part in the nomination process."


More information is available at natgovfit.org.