In recent years, various companies across the country have begun implementing a policy called “Summer Fridays,” which allows employees to leave work a few hours earlier at the end of the week. By enjoying the longer days and warmer weather that accompanies the season, the office may end up being more productive during the rest of the work week, given the boost in morale and appreciation for the employer.

In the exercise world, Planet Fitness adopted a similar paradigm that seeks to foster healthy habits for high schoolers, according to a press release in late April. After all, money is not everything and making people happy is always a wise investment. The Planet Fitness website formally announced the return of Teen Summer Challenge, writing:

Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone®, is inviting high school teenagers ages 15 – 18* to work out for free at any of its more than 1,700 Planet Fitness locations throughout the United States from May 15 through September 1 as part of the nationwide Teen Summer Challenge initiative. Free fitness classes specifically for teenagers will also be available Monday through Friday via certified fitness trainers. 

Additionally, all teens who sign up beginning May 15 are automatically entered into Planet Fitness’ Scholarship Sweepstakes. By the end of summer, 51 lucky teens across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., will be randomly selected to receive a $500 scholarship, and one teen will receive a $5,000 grand prize**. Teens will also have the chance to win exciting prizes on Planet Fitness’ Twitter and Instagram channels throughout the summer, such as club swag, movie tickets and wireless headphones.***

The nationwide launch of the Teen Summer Challenge builds on a successful local program first launched last summer in New Hampshire, Planet Fitness’ home state. To sign-up, visit a Planet Fitness near you beginning May 15. Teens under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at sign-up.

While it is important to stay fit year-round, there is also no time like the present and most teens are not in school during the summer season. Planet Fitness recognizes the invaluable opportunity to help these young people maintain an active lifestyle during this extended period of down time.

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