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We are celebrating our 24th year of giving grants to schools across America.
From 1990-2014 we have donated to over 870 schools in 300 cities and 43 states!

Welcome to
Project Fit America!

We are a national agency that works at the grassroots level with schools and front line educators to create new opportunities for kids to be active, fit and healthy. We believe in fit kids, one school at a time.   We work with communities to bring in funding, equipment, teacher training, curriculum and the resources schools need to actually get kids fit and foster a love of movement.   When Project Fit America comes to a school, kids never want to miss PE and teachers report they see fantastic changes not just in their students' health, but in their attitude toward fitness and healthy life styles.

We are an action based charity which means the funds we receive result in kids in motion.   We have been doing this work for twenty years plus and have learned that it is true….if you build it, they will come!

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February 9, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama visits a Project Fit America school on the first stop of her "Let's Move" Campaign

Gov Barbour and Michelle Obama
Mississippi First Lady Marsha Barbour and Michelle Obama
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Understanding that Mississippi is ranked as the most obese state in the nation Michelle Obama chose Mississippi as her first public appearance for Let's Move.

Working with Governor Haley Barbour and Mrs. Barbour, Mrs. Obama was hosted in Jackson, MS where she visited Pecan Park School.

Help us Pay it Forward!

Smiling Kids

2015 marks Project Fit America’s 25 Year Anniversary!

To launch this milestone year we have partnered with the Lids Foundation for National Hat Day on January 15, 2015.  This is a collaborative fundraising event to benefit all schools and help us pay it forward to the next generation of PFA schools!

Here's how it works:

Students pay $1 and get to wear a fun hat to school. Half the proceeds stay with your school. The other half goes to the Lids Foundation for Project Fit America.  Lids has over 900 stores across the country and their employees are signing up schools in their communities to participate in National Hat Day to benefit PFA as well.   Together we are going to rock a new generation of fit kids!

We hope you will toss your hat in the ring and register your school to join in this
National Pay It Forward Event!

Here's the link to the National Hat Day Registration Form

Pecan Park School
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This school has been a model for a number of Mississippi state initiatives including walking trails for schools, a school based incentive program called "Let's Go Walking Mississippi," to increase utilization of those walking trails. Then in 2008 the development to upgrade their PE program and fitness in education through Project Fit America providing resources and support for the PE Teacher to create dynamic and innovative in-gym and outdoor activities that have kids on the move! The tour of this school gave Mrs. Obama a first hand look at a highly successful public and private sector partnership. All programs were funded through grants from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

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