Top 10 schools receive prizes

Top 10 schools receive Fitness for Kids Challenge prize for highest participation in annual wellness initiative

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 17, 2011) - The Independent Health Foundation’s Fitness for Kids Challenge had another successful year with 10 schools awarded a $1,000 cash prize toward wellness initiatives at their schools for having the highest participation levels. The winners were announced at the Foundation’s 23rd Annual Kids Run.

The top five small school winners are: Nardin Academy, Buffalo; St. Joseph School, Gowanda; St. Peter Lutheran School-North Ridge, Lockport; Wyoming Central School, Wyoming; and Our Lady of Pompeii, Lancaster.

The winners for the top five large schools are: Panama Elementary, Panama; Pembroke Elementary, Pembroke; Washington West Elementary, Olean; Royalton Hartland Elementary, Royalton; and H.O. Brumsted Elementary, Holland.

Since the initiative began, $20,000 in prize money has been awarded to schools with the highest participation levels to enhance their wellness and fitness initiatives. Previous winners have purchased equipment for an outdoor training circuit, gym and sports equipment and built an outdoor basketball court.

The Fitness for Kids Challenge is a community-wide health and wellness initiative in Western New York where elementary aged children are encouraged to complete health and fitness activities for the entire school year. The initiative includes education, promotion, rewards, incentives, school competitions, and community-wide events. For more information call Independent Health Foundation at 716-635-4959 or visit

Established in 1992, the Independent Health Foundation works to improve the health and well being of Western New York residents through health awareness, prevention, wellness education and other programs focused on community health priorities. For more information on the Foundation’s activities, visit