Houston Gymnastics Academy includes Tyson Fitness Challenge in programs
posted on 05/24/2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 25, 2007Acaa Houston Gymnastics Academy, home of three current members of the U.S. Men’s National Team, is incorporating the Tyson Fitness Challenge into its regular preschool and recreational gymnastics class curriculums beginning June 4. Houston Gymnastics Academy is using the Tyson Fitness Challenge to help children become more physically fit, in addition to raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network.
"The Tyson Fitness Challenge has a really strong and positive message for our kids," said Kevin Mazeika, men’s program manager of Houston Gymnastics Academy. "The program helps youngsters form great lifestyle habits of staying fit and eating healthy. The combination of gymnastics and the Tyson Fitness Challenge is invaluable to any young athlete in any sport. It’s a wonderful program that supports a great charity, the Children’s Miracle Network." 
 
"Kevin is a proven leader in gymnastics through his coaching accomplishments and it’s great to have him on board at the grassroots level to improve the health of our nation’s kids," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "Houston Gymnastics Academy’s support of the Tyson Fitness Challenge will help us reach our goal of raising a total of $1 million for the Children’s Miracle Network by the end of 2008." 
 
The Tyson Fitness Challenge, a joint initiative of USA Gymnastics and Tyson Foods, has two goals: helping today’s kids get more physically fit through fun activities; and raising money to help kids who are fighting illnesses through the Children’s Miracle Network. Geared toward youngsters, ages 4-16, the program is not about teaching gymnastics skills, but using gymnastics to help kids become more physically fit, as well as learn about a well-balanced diet. Held between March 3 and Aug. 4, 2007, the culmination of the Tyson Fitness Challenge is voluntary participation in raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network. 

Houston Gymnastics Academy’s preschool and recreational gymnastics classes will spend 25 minutes of their 55-minute classes performing exercises in the Tyson Fitness Challenge’s fitness fundamentals: cardiovascular exercise, strength training and flexibility. Instructors will also distribute weekly informational handouts to the kids’ parents in the fourth fundamental, nutrition. At the first session, the coaches will measure each child’s fitness level and set goals for the eight-session program. Houston Gymnastics Academy will keep track of its students’ progress with wall charts and fitness progress cards that will be distributed every two weeks to the parents. 
 
U.S. Men’s National Team members Raj Bhavsar of Houston, Sean Golden of Camden, N.J., and Sean Townsend of Dickinson, Texas, currently train at Houston Gymnastics Academy and will serve as role models for the Tyson Fitness Challenge participants. They will encourage the kids at the gym in their efforts, using their understanding of the physical benefits gained through participation in gymnastics. 
 
"In all my years as an elite athlete, I have always placed equal importance on physical condition and a healthy diet," said Bhavsar, a member of the U.S. Men’s Team that won the silver medal at the 2001 and 2003 World Championships. "It's great to see a company like Tyson step up to the plate and challenge young athletes with the Tyson Fitness Challenge. I believe this program should be a permanent aspect of all young athletes’ training." 
 
"Whether you train for the Olympic Games, the state meet or to stay fit, it is important to eat as healthy as possible so you can train hard and achieve your goals,” said Townsend, a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team and the parallel bars world champion in 2001. “Being involved in the Tyson Fitness Challenge is a great way to test your physical strength and endurance. And it's also a great chance to have fun and break a sweat." 
 
"I am glad to be a part of a program that promotes a healthy lifestyle," said Golden, a member of the 2005 U.S. World Championships Team. "With the number of overweight kids on the rise, the Tyson Fitness Challenge is something that is needed very much. I am so happy that Tyson and USA Gymnastics are willing to take the challenge!" 
 
On National Gymnastics Day, Aug. 4, Houston Gymnastics Academy will join other Houston-area gymnastics clubs for a major public event at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. The event, while still in the planning stages, is expected to include gymnastics exhibitions, cartwheel-a-thons and informational displays about fitness and gymnastics. The event’s goal is to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, in addition to increasing awareness of the sport and the Houston Gymnastics Alliance, a nine-club association of gymnastics clubs located throughout the greater Houston-Galveston area. 
 
Since partnering in 2001, USA Gymnastics and its member clubs across the country have raised more than $645,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. USA Gymnastics recently announced its goal to raise that total to $1 million by the end of 2008. 

About Children's Miracle Network
Children's Miracle Network–the alliance of premier hospitals for childrenAcaais a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. Each year the 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals provide the finest medical care, life-saving research and preventative education to help millions of kids overcome diseases and injuries of every kind. For more information on Children’s Miracle Network visit www.childrensmiraclenetwork.org.

About Tyson Foods, Inc. [NYSE: TSN]
Tyson Foods, Inc. [NYSE: TSN], founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products, which are marketed under the “Powered