U.S. champion Phillips-Bannister holds Tyson Fitness Challenge
posted on 07/11/2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 11, 2007 Acaa Kristie Phillips Athletic Center (KPAC) in Statesville, N.C., is holding two sessions of the Tyson Fitness Challenge this summer. KPAC is using the Tyson Fitness Challenge to help children become more physically fit, in addition to raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network.
“I have dedicated my life to children and their health, fitness, nutrition and happiness,” said Kristie Phillips-Bannister, the 1987 U.S. all-around champion and owner of KPAC. “In a country that is filled with Hollywood and video games, it's time to team up with USA Gymnastics and KPAC and participate in the Tyson Fitness Challenge, knowing that a fit child today will lead to a healthy and stronger America tomorrow.”  
 
“Kristie knows first-hand how important fitness and nutrition are in helping kids begin happy and healthy lives,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics.  “As a gymnast, she inspired many young girls to get into gymnastics, and as the owner of KPAC, she is guiding today’s youngsters to more active and healthier lives.”  
 
KPAC’s Tyson Fitness Challenge features two sessions of eight classes each. The hour-long classes use the four fitness fundamentals of the Tyson Fitness Challenge and are divided into a warm-up, a game, flexibility exercises, strength exercises and a nutrition lesson. Instructors will assess each child’s strength during the first class and will evaluate the participants’ improvement in the final class.  
 
On National Gymnastics Day, Aug. 4, KPAC will host an open house with games and open play time. Proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network.   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.  
 
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.  
 
Children's Miracle NetworkAcaathe 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.  
 
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 production 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 by Tyson®” strategy. Tyson is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, providing products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 80 countries. The company has approximately 107,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.