South Lake Tahoe school qualifies as state fitness finalist |

South Lake Tahoe school qualifies as state fitness finalist

Tahoe Valley Elementary School is one of 22 finalist schools in the Gold Country Region and 127 schools statewide that have been named finalists in the 2010 Governor’s Challenge Competition, a contest that promotes increased physical activity and better nutrition among California’s youth.

The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports announced the finalists Monday.

Finalists were selected out of 2,649 participating schools statewide based on the percentage and number of students in the school who successfully completed the Governor’s Challenge of being active 30-60 minutes a day, at least three days a week for a month. Tahoe Valley Elementary, which is being named a Governor’s Challenge finalist for the second time, had 100 percent of its students successfully complete the Governor’s Challenge this year.

Each of the school finalists named Monday is now under consideration for prizes including 11 brand new fitness centers valued at $100,000 each and 11 Regional Awards of $5,000 each which will be used to buy new physical activity equipment. Award-winning schools will be announced at a special ceremony at the Capitol in September.

Statewide more than 1.3 million participants recorded more than 11 million days of physical activity through the Governor’s Challenge in 2010.

“I’m thrilled to be able to recognize Tahoe Valley Elementary school’s efforts,” said Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, in a prepared release. “Thank you Principal Romagnolo, and thank you Seth Martin, for stepping up as your school’s Governor’s Challenge Coordinator. You are clearly passionate about getting your kids active and making sure they eat well and I’m a big believer that passion leads and everything else follows.”

The Governor’s Challenge has been maintained without taxpayer funds through sponsors including the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, the Coca-Cola Company, CVS/pharmacy, General Mills and Kaiser Permanente.

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