Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, has announced the return of its High School Summer Pass program, inviting Florida high schoolers, ages 14-19, to work out for free at any Planet Fitness location, now through Aug. 31.
High schoolers can visit PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass to register for the program before gaining club access. Teens under 18 in the U.S. and under 19 in Canada must register with a parent or guardian online or in-club.
In its third year, High School Summer Pass continues to offer high schoolers a way to stay active during the summer months in a fun, safe, and Judgement Free environment.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), youth up to 17 years of age should get a recommended average of at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity to boost their physical and mental health.
Furthermore, in 2021, The Youth Risk Behavior Survey commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 29 percent of high school students experienced poor mental health, a steady biannual increase since the survey was first fielded in 2011, demonstrating that youth today consistently — and increasingly — face mental health struggles.
In Florida, 14.7 percent of teens are obese and 12.9 percent percent are overweight, which is another reason this initiative is so vital to their wellbeing.
Launching during Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, High School Summer Pass allows teens the opportunity to prioritize their mental and physical wellness goals during a critical time when school is out and important academic and extracurricular programs such as sports, gym class and after-school activities are in recess.
Research also shows that students who complete the recommended amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity experienced greater academic achievement compared to those who did not. Last year, Planet Fitness’ High School Summer Pass program motivated 3.5 million high school-aged students to prioritize their health who completed 17 million workouts at Planet Fitness over a three-and- a-half-month period.
“At Planet Fitness, it’s our continued mission as the leader in fitness to provide high school students free access to our more than 2,400 locations in the U.S. and Canada to start and stick with a health and fitness journey. Research shows that teens are struggling with overall wellness, and this is one of the many reasons why the High School Summer Pass program is so important,” said Chris Rondeau, CEO at Planet Fitness. “Having joined the gym for the first time when I was 16, I know firsthand the benefits exercise has had on my life, so we look forward to helping teens create lifelong habits in the Judgement Free Zone this summer.”
To further motivate high schoolers to prioritize fitness, all participants who sign up are encouraged to enter the Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass Contest. Planet Fitness will award five lucky teens in the U.S. with $10,000 individual academic scholarships via a TikTok video submission contest. To enter, teens are asked to post a TikTok video tagging @planetfitness using the hashtags #contest and #HSSP23US that describes their High School Summer Pass experience. The contest submission period runs through Aug. 31.
Additionally, the top five schools on the U.S. Leaderboard in each tier (as described in the rules) will each receive $10,000. These scholarships can be used to fund athletic equipment, field renovations, physical fitness classes and health and wellness initiatives.
For more information on High School Summer Pass, including how to sign up for the free membership at any Planet Fitness location, visit PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass.
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