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North Fork Gym Takes Stand Against Childhood Obesity and Diabetes

(RIVERHEAD, NY – March 3, 2016) JABS, located in Cutchogue, has raised $5,445 toward a goal of $30,000. Through a partnership with the Mattituck Lions and Peconic Bay Medical Center, JABS will help bring Project Fit America to the North Fork: Greenport and Cutchogue East Elementary schools.

Project Fit America is a national non-profit that provides schools with the equipment, curriculum and guidance needed to reduce the onset of childhood obesity and diabetes. In 2013 Project Fit America launched in all five public elementary schools in Riverhead, the first program in New York State. The Riverhead program has been tremendously successfully, helping the school district to win the inaugural Suffolk County Community Health Improvement Award in 2014.

“We are thankful and appreciate the donations we have received so far! We are planning some additional fundraisers to bring this amazing program to the kids of our community,” said Jill Schroeder, owner of JABS and East End Women’s Network “Woman of the Year 2014.”

Jill believes strongly in community engagement and philanthropy.  JABS has raised money for a variety of causes including heart health, breast cancer awareness and animal shelters. In 2015 one of the trainers at JABS, Jason Leonard, ran the NYC Marathon for Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Team Wellness raising $4,402. Further support to bring Project Fit America to the North Fork can be donated here: https://www.crowdrise.com/jabssupportsprojectf/fundraiser

 “We are extremely proud of this community effort,” said Stacey Cook, Executive Director of Project Fit America. “Every child deserves to grow up active, fit and healthy. This project will impact hundreds of kids for years and years.”

Written by Darrien Garay

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About PBMC Health -PBMC Health is a comprehensive continuum of care focused on serving the full range of health and wellness needs of the people of Suffolk County. Anchored by Peconic Bay Medical Center, the continuum includes Urgent and Walk-In Care services at locations throughout our service area; Peconic Bay Home Health Services, serving all of Suffolk County; Peconic Bay Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, located in Riverhead; Peconic Bay Outpatient Physical Therapy, located in Riverhead; Peconic Bay Primary & Family Care Practices, with offices in Center Moriches, Hampton Bays, Manorville, Mattituck, Riverhead, Shoreham and Westhampton Beach; and a range of primary care, diagnostic and specialist services at the Gertrude and Louis Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care in Manorville. For more information, visit PBMC Health online.

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About Northwell Health - Northwell Health is New York State's largest health care provider and private employer. With 21 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve 8 million people in the metro New York and beyond. Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better. We're making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our services in more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell Health online.

About JABS -A comprehensive health studio with an emphasis on community and group fitness. Our goal is to motivate with energy, passion, and respect. We combine progressive ideas with popular traditional methods to provide an environment that inspires individuals to live an enriching lifestyle.

About Project Fit America- Project Fit America (PFA) is a national non-profit public charity dedicated to getting kids fit. PFA donates to schools, grades K-12, fully funded cardiovascular health and lifetime fitness education programs. Formed in 1990 as a (501) (c) (3) corporation, PFA donates 75 cents of each dollar received to schools for the sole purpose of developing exemplary model schools for cardiovascular health and fitness. For more information, visit http://www.projectfitamerica.org/.