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NETS TO HOST BASKETBALL CLINIC TO HELP KIDS IMPROVE FITNESS

NETS "SHOOT FOR BETTER HEALTH"

NETS TO HOST BASKETBALL CLINIC TO HELP KIDS IMPROVE FITNESS
Event to feature Nets forward Bobby Simmons, Nets Dancers and Nets mascot "Sly"

WHO: Nets player Bobby Simmons, Nets Dancers, Nets mascot "Sly," and 100 youth, ages kindergarten through eighth grade, representing six middle and elementary schools in Brooklyn.

WHAT: Partnering with Lutheran Family Health Centers and Health Plus, the Nets basketball clinic
will help kids Shoot for Better Health and score a perfect 5-2-1-0 every day. The event is aimed toward getting children interested in their fitness and the importance of healthy eating habits.

The 5-2-1-0 plan for good health means eating five servings of fruits and vegetables, limiting TV and computer time to only two hours a day, getting at least one hour of exercise a day, and drinking zero soda or sugar sweetened drinks. Star students, who eat healthy and follow the 5-2-1-0 plan, will be publicly honored during a live NBA game in March!

WHERE: IS 88, 544 7th Ave., Brooklyn, New York, 11215.

WHEN: February 27, 2009, from noon until 4 p.m.

WHY: Lutheran's School Health Program recently conducted a BMI (body mass index) and basic health assessment of 462 students in grades K-5 and discovered startling results. The survey found 25 percent of the children were overweight and another 25 percent were, in fact, already obese. In all, 240 children (ages 5-11), or more than 50 percent, were obese and overweight, putting them at great risk of developing diabetes and other chronic diseases.

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