LOS ANGELES, CA (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (www.calgovcouncil.org) announced today that more than 1,000 students in over 100 high schools across the state have jumped on its new Teen Fitness Pass offering that enables high school students to workout for free at 24 Hour Fitness Facilities for nearly a full semester.

“This program has the potential to significantly impact the health and self-esteem of high school students across the state,” said Jake Steinfeld (Body by Jake), Governor’s Council chairman. “From Anaheim to Antioch and Bolinas to Barstow, people want to get more active and live healthier. I can’t wait to spread the word about this opportunity in school districts across the state so tens of thousands of more teens can begin to feel the benefits associated with exercise and fitness.”

“We are grateful to 24 Hour Fitness and their CEO Mark Mastrov for making this opportunity available and we encourage other California companies to consider making similar commitments to California’s children and the future health of our state,” said Jake.

California teens are facing growing health problems due in part to decreased physical activity levels. Today, only 41% of California teens meet minimum daily requirements for physical activity and during the last 30 years the rate of childhood obesity has doubled for children ages 12-19. The partnership between 24 Hour Fitness and the Governor’s Council seeks to reverse these trends by providing high school students with nearly a semester of free access to 24 Hour Fitness facilities located throughout California.

Students can obtain a free 30 day Teen Fitness Pass by logging on to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports website and registering to take the Governor’s Challenge at http://www.CalGovCouncil.org/register. The Governor’s Challenge is to be active 30-60 minutes a day at least 3 days a week for 4 weeks. Students successfully completing the Governor’s Challenge earn an additional 90 day Teen Fitness Pass as their reward. The Teen Fitness Pass opportunity is only a month old and the Governor’s Council hopes that tens of thousands of California teens will take advantage of it over time.

The Council’s mission is to establish California as the nation’s first “Fitness State” and to encourage all Californians to set — and commit to achieve — their personal exercise and fitness goals.

The Council was created as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization and has received generous support from American Media, Inc., Applied Materials, Inc., The Blue Cross of California Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and Pfizer, Inc.

For more information about the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, please go to http://www.calgovcouncil.org.

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Teen Fitness Pass Fact Sheet

The California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports and 24 Hour Fitness are providing California high school students with nearly a semester of FREE access to 24 Hour Fitness facilities. Students can log on to www.calgovcouncil.org/register, sign up to take the 4-week Governor’s Challenge, and print their free “Teen Fitness Pass.”

Teen Fitness Passes

* 30 Day Teen Fitness Pass: California high school students between the ages of 14 and 18 who sign up for the Governor’s Challenge will be prompted to select the 24 Hour Fitness facility closest to their schools and download their free 30 day Teen Fitness Pass.

* 90 Day Teen Fitness Pass: Students who successfully complete the 4-week Governor’s Challenge can choose to download a free 90 Day pass compliments of 24 Hour Fitness and the California Governor’s Council.

24 Hour Fitness Access

Student’s who select the “Teen Fitness Pass” will have access to the available 24 Hour Fitness facility in their area between the hours of 2:30 p.m – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Students call the selected facility to set up a pass activation appointment. Parents/Guardian must accompany students on their initial visit to sign a liability waiver.

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