PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 23, 2014 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today urged schools in the 2nd Senatorial District to apply for a grant to participate in the most complete Presidential Youth Fitness Program and help their students improve their fitness and wellness.

Applications are due by Jan. 31.

“The free version of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program will help many schools teach the importance of taking care of the body and the mind, but if districts are able to participate in the full fitness curriculum, the results will be dramatic,” Tartaglione said.

Schools awarded grants will enable participation in the program for the 2014-’15 school year plus the following two years.

Only six states require physical education in every grade and only 20 percent of districts require daily recess.

The program believes that active kids get better grades, miss fewer days of school, are better behaved, and have better self images.

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