Fort Wayne elementary schools participating in unique fitness program

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – MDwise, an Indiana-based nonprofit health maintenance organization (HMO), has launched the Battle of the Fit program at Adams, South Wayne and Fairfield Elementary schools.
The three schools will compete for the title of “Fittest School,” as well as monetary prizes to be used toward the purchase of fitness-related equipment. The winning school will receive $6,000; the second-place school $3,000; and the third-place school $2,000.
“The South Wayne Eagles are excited to compete in the Battle of the Fit competition,” said Principal Brenda West. “We believe that educating the whole child is imperative. Highlighting fitness for the duration of the competition will help our students develop habits for a healthy lifestyle and support improved academic learning. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in this event!”
In its fourth year, the six-week Battle of the Fit program requires participating schools to organize regular fitness activities, including general exercise, sports, games and dance-related activities, for students to participate in for the duration of the program. These activities will be incorporated into the school day in places where physical activity currently does not exist. Students will earn points for being active, and MDwise encourages students and parents to track their school’s progress online throughout the competition on a specially designed website. MDwise will also share weekly health tips and small motivational prizes with participants in an effort to build momentum and keep kids motivated. At the end of the program, the school with the most points will win the competition.
“Each time we host Battle of the Fit, we get excited because we know how much fun these schools will have encouraging their students to be well and stay physically active,” said Dr. Ty Sullivan, senior vice president and chief medical officer for MDwise. “Obesity remains a significant problem in Indiana, and we need to do a better job of establishing healthy habits in our children to prevent the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Battle of the Fit helps us get this message across and do it in a way that is beneficial for everyone involved. We wish the best of luck to these three Fort Wayne schools!”
For more information about the Battle of the Fit program, please visit

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About MDwise

MDwise is a provider-sponsored nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to more than 407,000 Medicaid and Medicare members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities throughout Indiana. Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to family and friends.

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