Monday, September 24, 2012

Are You as Fit as a Fifth-Grader?

Come Work Out to “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” with Benny the Bull and 300 Project Fit Kids

WHAT:  Students ages 5-12 will cut the ribbon on their secret weapon to combat pediatric obesity and improve physical health - Project Fit America, a two-year program using specially designed cardiovascular equipment and curriculum. 
Monkey bar rotations, pole climbs and bar jumps are just a handful of the exercises that will keep these Chicago-area students moving to a healthy beat all day.

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of Loyola University Health System, has sponsored 15 schools in more than a decade through Project Fit America program grants. Lincoln Elementary is the 2012 Gottlieb Project Fit grant recipient.

WHEN:  Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1:15-2:15 p.m., Lincoln Elementary School, 3420 Jackson St., Bellwood Ill.

Media must contact Stasia Thompson in advance at (708) 417-5036.

WHO:  Benny the Bull, mascot of the Chicago Bulls, is the surprise guest who will join the colorful, music-filled celebration and help more than 300 elementary school students and their physical education teachers demonstrate new physical exercise techniques that will be used daily throughout the next two years.


  • Test your fitness at the seven stations of exercise equipment with Benny the Bull and kids
  • Capture 300 school kids getting excited about exercise and health improvement
  • Join a “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” aerobics flash mob of Lincoln students and Benny the Bull

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.