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Nine Boston schools receive grants for new fitness equipment

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 28, 2012 01:04 PM

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(Image courtesy Boston Public Health Commission)

Students from South Boston's Condon Community School showing off their check.

A number of schools in Boston will soon have new fitness equipment, thanks to a grant from the city’s Boston Moves for Health program.

The nine schools that received the money, competed city-wide to boost their students’ physical activity.

“Finding ways to work more physical activity into your daily routine is important for all age groups, so I’m proud of these students for their progress,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, said in a statement. “This partnership between Boston Moves for Health, Partners HealthCare, and Boston Public Schools is helping students to learn good habits about physical activity early in life.”

The program that distributed $4,500 for the new equipment was a partnership between the Boston Public Health Commission, Partners HealthCare, and Shaw’s and Star Market.

“Congratulations to all the students and teachers who participated in this healthy competition,” Matt Fishman, vice president of Partners Community Health, said in a statement. “Finding ways to increase your physical activity can help lead to academic success, and we hope that our participation in Boston Moves for Health and support of the Wellness Champions will help you to be healthy in your schools and in your neighborhoods.”

The Boston Moves program is an initiative that aims to help Bostonians get in shape and moving. According to its website, residents have logged 5,051,812-miles so far.

From Oct. 15 to Nov. 9 students participated in the program's Physical Education Challenge to see which school could clock the most steps.

Forty-six schools participated in the program and moved a total of 9,628-miles, according to the Boston Public Health Commission.

To read about students “stepping it up” at the Holmes Elementary School in February, click here.

Below are the winners:

First Place - $750 each
Samuel Adams Elementary School, East Boston
Harbor Middle School, Dorchester
Burke High School, Dorchester

Second Place - $500 each
Michael J. Perkins Elementary School, South Boston
Eliot K-8 School, Boston
Excel High School, South Boston

Third Place - $250 each
Condon Elementary School, South Boston
Richard J. Murphy K-8 School, Dorchester
The English High School, Jamaica Plain

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