In Stanislaus County, 105 schools are participating in "Fit for the Future" activities, a 10 percent increase over last year.
The schools are vowing to help students get in shape by signing up for the Governor's Fitness Challenge.
To date, Stanislaus County students have logged 566,763 active days — representing 30 percent of the state's total and putting Stanislaus County in the lead statewide.
Last year, the Stanislaus County Office of Education, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, kicked off the campaign in an effort to reduce childhood obesity and increase the overall fitness of Stanislaus County youths.
The Governor's Challenge calls for 30 to 60 minutes of activity a day, three days a week, over a 28-day period.
In addition to encouraging students to participate in the Governor's Challenge, this year Kaiser physicians are visiting schools throughout the county to discuss important health topics with students.
To date, nearly 1,200 students have participated in a physician presentation.
Also new this year, "Garden Grant" funding was available to schools — so far, 33 schools have received more than $8,000 to buy garden equipment and supplies.
To learn more about the Fit for the Future campaign and the Governor's Challenge, visit www.stancoe.org/fitforthefuture.