BATON ROUGE— On Saturday, April 25, 156 kids representing 26 parishes will compete in the 15th annual Elementary Championship Fitness Meet, an event of the Governor’s Games sponsored by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Elementary schools from competing parishes held Elementary Fitness Meets at the local level to select their “Fitness Champions.”  Each parish’s top two boys, two girls and two alternates are now convening in Lafayette on Saturday, at Lafayette High School on 3000 W. Congress St., to compete in the state championship.

Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m.

Fitness Champions will participate in seven fitness events: the 50-yard dash, shuttle run, pull-ups, standing long-jump, sit-ups, 600-yard run, and the V-sit and reach.  The parish whose team has the highest cumulative score will take home the championship title.  The champions will be introduced before the Louisiana Legislature and have a billboard in their home city recognizing their accomplishment. 

The highest individual scoring boy and girl will be crowned Mr. and Miss Fitness.

Everyone who competes will receive giveaways and information on physical fitness, nutrition and smoking cessation.

For the second consecutive year, Cox Communications will televise the event in 21 parishes across South Louisiana.  (Check local listings.)

The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports aims to promote physical fitness and health through participation in competitive sports, workshops and conferences.  The Council was formed in 1989 by the Louisiana Legislature to encourage Louisiana residents to be physically fit through the production of high-quality amateur sporting events and recreational activities.  Its 15 members are appointed by the Governor. 

The Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about LDH, visit