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Indiana school becoms eight in county to get program


The Indiana Regional Medical Center has joined Project Fit America to once again bring fitness equipment and programs to one of our Indiana County schools.


Tomorrow, officials from the medical center and Indiana Area School District will introduce the program at the Eisenhower Elementary School.  Every year since 2006, IRMC has brought Project Fit America to an elementary school in Indiana County.  Last year it was Saltsburg Elementary, and other recipients have been Homer Center, Penns Manor, Blairsville, United, and Indiana Area’s Ben Franklin and East Pike schools.


Project Fit America brings both new equipment and new educational programs to the schools, and conducts fitness tests on the students beforehand and after they have been through the program to measure their improvement.  Saltsburg Elementary’s students measured an increase of over 33 percent in upper body strength, more than 40 percent in lower body strength, and more than a 23 percent increase in cardiovascular endurance.


The event for Eisenhower Elementary’s students tomorrow will include appearances by Iceburgh, the Pittsburgh Penguins mascot, Norm the Crimson Hawk from IUP, Diesel Dawg and Steamer from the Altoona Curve, and the University of Pittsburgh cheerleaders.

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