Rondo, Bass Talk Healthy Lifestyle to Students

BOSTON (March 8, 2012) – Boston Celtics players Rajon Rondo and Brandon Bass, Strength and Conditioning Coach Bryan Doo and team mascot Lucky spoke to students at the Bates Elementary School in Salem today about maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Their visit was part of the “Fit to Win” program presented by Covidien, a leading global healthcare products company.

“Fit to Win” teaches children fun and easy steps for maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. The program underscores the importance of exercise and eating fruits and vegetables.

Students from Bates Elementary School were awarded the special visit by submitting their favorite tips for ways to stay healthy. Their tips then were chosen from more than 400 online applicants. In addition to the players visit, the students in the winning third-grade classroom each received a pair of tickets to an upcoming Celtics home game, as well as an autographed “Fit to Win” poster courtesy of Covidien. The entire school also was treated to an assembly hosted by Rondo, Bass and Doo that featured a dunk show by Lucky.

“Today’s event was both interactive and educational. Talking about leading an active lifestyle and getting enough exercise is important for students to understand,” Rondo said. “If students begin practicing these good habits at a young age, it will help them be healthier and happier later in life.”

Covidien is committed to contributing to the availability of affordable, quality healthcare through the Covidien Partnership for Neighborhood Wellness, which provides financial resources, employee expertise and healthcare products to communities in need. The Covidien Partnership for Neighborhood Wellness focuses a portion of its funding to combat childhood obesity.