Students Go NUTS Over Nutrition at The Q!

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CLEVELAND, OH - March 29, 2011 - In support of the Cleveland Cavaliers “Fit as a Pro” program and the Cleveland Clinic’s “Let’s Move It!” campaign, Cavs players Ryan Hollins, Anthony Parker and Alonzo Gee teamed up with Cleveland Clinic professionals and the National Basketball Academy on Monday afternoon for an interactive healthy living workshop at The Q for more than 75 students from Hope Academy West.

With four stations located throughout Quicken Loans Arena, students were able to get up and get active with Alonzo Gee as he led students in basketball drills on the Cavaliers practice court. In the main arena bowl, Ryan Hollins coached students through a fitness relay, where they raced against Sir C.C. and members of the Scream Team!

Meanwhile, Anthony Parker joined in as Kristin Kirkpatrick, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Manager and Dietitian, led a delicious session about healthy eating habits and how to make nutritional decisions on their own. Students were able to take home a taste of the day with a sampling of healthy trail mix. Michelle Berkley, Cleveland Clinic Director of Clinical & Educational Outreach, wrapped up the afternoon with an interactive discussion on smoking and the effects that it has on the body.


About Fit as a Pro: The Cavaliers “Fit as A Pro” program, presented by Medical Mutual, is designed to encourage physical fitness and well-balanced nutrition among elementary school students in Northeast Ohio. Participating classrooms track the amount of physical activity they get each day and use a nutritional poster with information such as the food pyramid and sample diets of the Cavaliers as a teaching tool.

About Let’s Move It: Presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians, Let's Move It is a fun way to make Cleveland aware of the role physical activity plays in reducing chronic disease risk. For more information, visit LetsMoveIt.org.

About The National Basketball Academy: The National Basketball Academy runs youth basketball programs for 12 NBA and 2 WNBA teams and they focus on running great programs that allow kids to increase their skill level and knowledge of the game of basketball while having a great time!