Wizard's Stackhouse and The President's Challenge to Host Fitness Clinics at HealthFest

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WHEN: Saturday, June 21 and Sunday June 22
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day
WHERE: HealthFest 2003, on the National Mall, between 3rd and 4th Street
WHAT: A specially designed 2,500 sq. foot basketball court at HealthFest 2003 where visitors can shoot hoops with Wizards star Jerry Stackhouse, meet other star athletes, including Mytics' Chamique Holdsclaw and players from DC United, take fitness challenges for cool prizes from Nike and Spalding, and learn about eating healthy from a celebrity chef. These activities are part of other fun, family-focused events that the public can enjoy during both days of HealthFest 2003, which brings together more than 100 patient advocacy groups, healthcare providers, volunteer health organizations and the area's leading biotechnology companies to offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to learn about preventative care, healthcare and the future of medicine and biotechnology.
WHY: Promoting healthy living ideals is important for athletes Jerry Stackhouse and Chamique Holdsclaw, volunteers with the President's Challenge, a program of the President's Council on Physical Fitness, and Food Network Chef Kathleen Daelemans. In addition to gathering tips on staying healthy through challenging workout sessions and nutritious cooking demos, HealthFest 2003 visitors will also learn firsthand about the latest advancements in science and medical research and the multitude of ways in which biotechnology affects our lives.

"Taking the time to stay fit and healthy is important and so is education about the different options in preventive care available to us," says Stackhouse, who founded the Triple Threat Foundation (TTF) to promote the importance of daily physical activity and encourage behavioral changes that lessen the risk of diabetes and other serious medical conditions caused by obesity. Stackhouse explains that although he's a professional athlete who keeps his body in top condition, genetically he is susceptible to diabetes, and that's why he is working hard to fight it. "I lost two sisters to this disease," recalls Stackhouse. "It was a devastating experience for me, which is why I want to help others by teaching them to stay healthy and talking to them about the latest advancements in diabetes research that have resulted in a new lease on life for many."


Visitors of all ages to the HealthFest 2003 basketball court will be treated to a variety of challenging and educational events from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.

Schedule of Events for Saturday, June 21:
10:00am-10:50am Jerry Stackhouse Welcome/President's Council performs
10:50am-11:00am President's Challenge Skills Sessions, give-a-ways on Basketball Court
11:00am-11:50am Crunch Class on Basketball Court
Cardio Tai Box
11:50am-12:00pm President's Challenge Skills Sessions, give-a-ways on Basketball Court
12:00pm-12:50pm Cooking Demo by Food Network Celebrity Chef Kathleen Daelemans on Basketball Court
12:50pm-1:00pm President's Challenge Skills Sessions, give-a-ways on Basketball Court
1:00pm-1:50pm HOOPS-Basketball Clinic with Jerry Stackhouse
1:50pm-2:00pm President's Challenge Skills Sessions, give-a-ways on Basketball Court
2:00pm-2:50pm Crunch Class on Basketball Court
Latino Groove

Schedule of Events for Sunday, June 22:

10:00am-10:50am Crunch Class on Basketball Court
African Dance
10:50am-11:00am President's Challenge Skills Sessions, give-a-ways on Basketball Court
11:00am-11:50am Cooking Demo by Food Network Celebrity Chef Kathleen Daelemans on Basketball Court
11:50am-12:00pm President's Challenge Skills Sessions, give-a-ways on Basketball Court
12:00pm-12:50pm HOOPS-Basketball Clinic with Jerry Stackhouse
12:50pm-1:00pm President's Challenge Skills Sessions, give-a-ways on Basketball Court
1:00pm-1:50pm Crunch Class on Basketball Court
HIP HOP
1:50pm-2:00pm President's Challenge Skills Sessions, give-a-ways on Basketball Court
2:00pm-2:50pm Crunch Class on Basketball Courto Tribal Yoga

About HealthFest: HealthFest is sponsored by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). It is the annual "kick-off" for the world's largest biotechnology industry event - the BIO 2003 annual convention. HealthFest is designed to educate the general public, elected officials, industry stakeholders and other key constituencies about the latest medical research and therapies as well as raise awareness of local health services and patient advocacy groups.

BIO represents more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 U.S. states and 33 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

For more information on HealthFest 2003 and to receive additional materials, log on to: www.bio.org/healthfest

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About BIO
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.