SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- Clayton Middle School in Salt Lake City is prepared to fight in the war against childhood obesity with a new fitness center.

Clayton was one of three schools in Utah selected as a  ‘Don’t Quit’ Fitness Champion earlier this year. 

Jake Steinfeld, Chairman for the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, says Clayton Middle School, Eagle View Elementary in Roosevelt and Bear River Middle School in Garland all demonstrate new and innovative ways of promoting student physical activity and wellness. 

The foundation’s goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.

“By helping our kids battle obesity we’re giving them the building blocks to overcome challenges and excel beyond their wildest dreams,” Steinfeld said. 

On Tuesday Governor Herbert signed a proclamation declaring October as “DON’T QUIT! Fitness Month.” 

Tuesday's ribbon cutting at Clayton Middle School with Gov Herbert and Jake Steinfeld, Chair of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils. Courtesy (National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils)

During DON’T QUIT! Fitness Month, families and communities are encouraged to renew their commitment to making physical activity and healthy eating part of their children’s daily lives.

For more information about the program visit