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NETS, LUTHERAN FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS AND HEALTH PLUS TEAM UP TO HELP KIDS SHOOT FOR BETTER HEALTH

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NETS, LUTHERAN FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS AND HEALTH PLUS TEAM UP TO HELP KIDS SHOOT FOR BETTER HEALTH
Helping kids develop healthy eating and fitness plans


April 2, 2009, Brooklyn, New York…
On Monday, March 30, sixty special Brooklyn fans celebrated healthy eating at the Nets game. There was an on-court presentation with Lutheran HealthCare staff including Larry K. McReynolds, executive director of the Lutheran Family Health Centers; Tom Early, executive director of Health Plus; and Karen Myrie, M.D., medical director of Lutheran's School Health Program.

Five children, who were most active in the Shoot for Better Health plan (described below) presented the game ball and helped the team during their pre-game warm-ups. These five all-stars embraced the initiative and made sure they ate five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, only used the TV and computer two hours a day, exercised an hour every day, and stayed away from sodas and sugary drinks. Each kept a personal diary for eight weeks to describe what kept them motivated!

"The Nets are very pleased to be partners with Lutheran and to provide an incentive for these children to excel in such a crucial area of their lives," said Brett Yormark, president and CEO, Nets Sports and Entertainment. "We appreciate being part of this important goal to improve fitness and food choices of school kids who are such at a vulnerable age for developing poor habits."

The Nets are a proud sponsor of Lutheran HealthCare's Shoot for Better Health program helping kids score a perfect 5-2-1-0 every day. The 5-2-1-0 plan, launched in five Brooklyn schools, has helped 4,000 children stay healthy. Lutheran's plan for good health means eating five servings of fruits and vegetables, using the TV and computer only two hours a day, getting one hour of exercise every day, and drinking zero sugary drinks.

Throughout the school year, Lutheran's School Health Program worked alongside kids and teachers at PS 169, PS 172, IS 88, Pershing Junior High and the Dewey Middle Schools (MS 821 and MS 136) to keep children healthy and reduce the risk of diabetes. By following the 5-2-1-0 Shoot for Better Health plan, Lutheran Medical Center, Health Plus, the Lutheran Family Health Centers network, and the Nets are stomping out obesity in Brooklyn!

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