Northview Celebrates Grand Opening of $100,000 Fitness Center
Northview Intermediate School celebrated the grand opening of their new Live Positively Fitness Center on October 9, 2014. Northview was one of only three schools in California to win this $100,000 state-of-the-art fitness center through a grant provided by the National Champion Schools Campaign that is run by the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils. Northview beat out over 200 other schools in California who were also vying for this highly competitive grant.
In public statements, Governor Jerry Brown and Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils, Jake Steinfeld, announced that Northview was selected for this award because of the school’s commitment to implement new and innovative ways for promoting student physical activity and wellness. Chairman Steinfeld, the “Body by Jake” fitness legend, served as the master of ceremonies for the grand opening festivities and encouraged Northview students to live healthy. Steinfeld emphasized what we know to be true, “Academics and fitness go hand-in-hand. When you provide the schools with the tools, students will excel beyond their wildest dreams. Not only will these students be healthier, but they'll also have increased confidence, improved self-esteem and will achieve greater academic success." With the support of Steinfeld and the National Foundation, Northview Cardinals will soar to new heights!
“We want to get the kids to move any way we can,” said Keisha Huffman-Fort, Northview Physical Education Department Chair. “We’re going to give them instruction so they can use the equipment safely. We’re going to teach them how to exercise properly. These kids deserve it.” Huffman-Fort was part of the district team led by Jenny Owen who applied for the grant to the National Foundation. “This project has been inspirational for us,” said newly appointed Northview principal Rick Crosby. “If we can get the children to love being physically fit, they will also be high achievers.”
The grand opening of the fitness center kicked off with an all-school assembly attended by city, state and federal officials including school board members Doug Edwards, Ken Bell, and Tom Reyes as well as the Mayor of Duarte and representatives from Senator Liu and Congresswoman Napolitano. Also present were special guests and community partners including Dr. Geri Cole and Dr. Susan Kane from the City of Hope, and Cindy Lee and John Tang from Coca-Cola.
During the assembly, Steinfeld shared his personal success story, shared his motto of “Don’t Quit!” and asked Northview students to join him to lead the fight against childhood obesity. Following the assembly, students and guests cut the red ribbon in front of the Fitness Center and then entered the brand new facility where Steinfeld helped eager students use the new equipment which included cardio machines, weight machines and even an X-Box Kinect fitness station all of which was installed by TuffStuff and paid for in full by Coca-Cola.
“I am thrilled that Northview Intermediate has been recognized as a National Champion School,” said Dr. Terry Nichols, Superintendent of Duarte Unified. “Our students will benefit greatly, in both body and mind, from having a Fitness Center right here on campus that’s better equipped than most costly gyms in our area. Thank you Jake, NFGFC, Coca-Cola and TuffStuff for rewarding our students for their commitment to lead healthy lives.”
The Fitness Center will be open to all Northview students on a daily basis during their physical education classes. If you are interested in a guided tour of the new facility and/or would like more information, please call (626) 599-5600.