Some Schools Zapping Child Fatness With Fitness Centers

As the Obama administration fights childhood obesity with burdensome school nutrition rules and regulations, some states are taking a different approach.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday announced that three New Mexico schools will get new fitness centers through a partnership between the state of New Mexico and the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC).

“Childhood obesity affects 16 percent of our children here in New Mexico,” said Governor Martinez. “These schools have taken the lead in helping students to get and stay fit, and we are so proud to support them by establishing new fitness centers to help continue their progress.”

Before receiving the fitness equipment, the two middle schools and one elementary school submitted a plan for how they would use it to improve their physical education programs.