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Local Organizations Help Children by Donating $23,000 for Project Fit America
Manager of Public Relations
Peconic Bay Medical Center
RIVERHEAD, NY – During the month of April, a coalition of local organizations has donated a combined $23,000 to assist with establishing specialized fitness equipment and curricula at three East End elementary schools. Through a partnership with Peconic Bay Medical Center; GymGuyz East End, the Mattituck Lions Club and Kait’s Angels will help bring Project Fit America to the Greenport and Cutchogue East Elementary schools as well as the Riverhead Charter School.
Project Fit America is a national non-profit that provides schools with the fitness 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.
The goal of Project Fit America is to create new and sustainable opportunities for kids to be active, fit and healthy as part of the everyday school experience. This aim is accomplished through educational programs and permanent equipment, that will allow students to successfully teach fitness education year after year, empowering hundreds of kids to be fit and make healthy living decisions.
Kait’s Angels and Mattituck Lions Club helped make this possible by their generous donations to provide the necessary equipment through Project Fit America at Cutchogue East Elementary and Greenport Elementary Schools. “We are excited to help fund Project Fit America and bring this program to the kids of our community,” said Tim Bialeski immediate Past President of the Mattituck Loins Club, which donated $15,000. The Friends of the Mattituck Lions Club , a 501(c)3 that supports the mission of the Mattituck Lions Club, and Kait’s Angels also donated $5,000 to go toward the project.,
“Every child deserves the opportunity to grow up active, fit and healthy. This project will impact hundreds of kids for years and years,” said Dayna Corlito, Owner and Operator of GymGuyz East End. Dayna has continued to help raise funds to bring Project Fit America to the Riverhead Charter School.
Further support to bring Project Fit America to these elementary schools can be mailed to Peconic Bay Medical Center. Checks can made payable to PBMC Foundation and donations can be mailed to 1300 Roanoke Avenue Riverhead, NY 11901.
About Peconic Bay Medical Center -Peconic Bay Medical Center 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 Peconic Bay Medical Center online.
About Peconic Bay Medical Center -Peconic Bay Medical Center is a non-profit medical facility committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves. Peconic Bay Medical Center offers wide ranging, full-scope services and programs along with state-of-the-art technology. Peconic Bay Medical Center and Peconic Bay Medical Center officially joined Northwell Health, formerly North Shore-LIJ becoming the East End’s hub for the world-class resources of New York’s largest health care system. For more information, visit Peconic Bay Medical Center online.
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 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/.