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Create Your Own Fitness Center

Work with your school leaders to find a classroom or space that is not being used and create a fitness center that can be used by students and teachers before, during and after school. Show students and the whole community that physical activity is a valuable part of your school’s day!


This Play may help you meet the goals of the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge!

How Does It Work?

  • This challenge is a great way to build community both within the school building and the neighborhood. Get community members, businesses and the whole school body involved in planning and creating an opportunity to increase student access to daily physical activity.

    The following steps are suggestions for how to complete the Play — but they can be done in any order or combination and can be altered to fit your needs. If you find ways to adapt this Play to fit your school, share it with us through the Tips section!

Huddle Up

Huddle Up

  • Create a planning team including students, your principal, P.E. teachers and representatives from local organizations that might help.

Take Action

Take Action

  • Get Started

    Work with your school leaders to find a classroom or space that is not being used and create a fitness center that can be used by students and teachers before, during and after school. Show students and the whole community that physical activity is a valuable part of your school’s day!

    Have your team decide which areas of the school might be a good location for a fitness center — maybe an empty classroom or a hallway area that isn’t used much. Work with your groups and the administration to decide the best days and times to open the center, and find volunteer adults to supervise.

    Contact local businesses and civic organizations for donations of time, materials and funds to get equipment for the room, move materials in and set up a fitness center that everyone can use. Provide information to the businesses about what you are trying to do and why. Create a presentation highlighting the benefits of physical activity and how having a place to go for short workouts will help everyone in your school.

    Solicit donations of exercise mats, paint and equipment from the community. Use the Tools and Resources below to help. Consider applying for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 to make it happen!



    Keep It Going

    Meet with your team and other volunteers to paint the fitness area over a weekend or school break. When school resumes, enjoy a bright new fitness center that will help keep your entire school motivated and interested in physical activity.



Spread the Word

Spread the Word

  • Make signs and posters highlighting activities that can be done in the fitness center. Take pictures and post them on the school’s website or in an eNewsletter. Use them also to make “Thank You” posters to put up in the businesses that helped you.

Get Others Involved

Get Others Involved

  • Everyone can help:

    • Form a design team
    • Identify areas of the school that could serve as a fitness center
    • Solicit donations of equipment and supplies
    • Create activity posters with ideas and information about physical activity
    • Paint and set up the fitness center

    Involve the community. Schedule a meeting with your school's parent organization and let them know what they can do to help. 

How Does It Work?

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