Celtics, Covidien Launch "Fit to Win" Program

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Avery Bradley and three children from the South Boston Boys & Girls Clubs concoct their best "fruit creation" at the first Fit to Win event.

BOSTON (November 4, 2010) – The Boston Celtics and Covidien tipped off their partnership with the first of five “Fit to Win” events aimed at preventing childhood obesity. The South Boston Boys & Girls Club hosted the event and invited 36 children, half of whom are members of two other local Boys & Girls Clubs, to participate.

Celtics players, Kendrick Perkins and Avery Bradley joined in on the fun activities which included two stations geared toward “Healthy Eating” and “Staying Active.” The kids, along with both players, worked in teams to come up with their best “fruit creation” by only using chunks of fruit and skewers.

In addition, Celtics strength and conditioning coach, Bryan Doo, explained the importance of stretching and warming up before the kids competed in a friendly game of “Cone Flip.” Not only did each of the 36 children receive a “Fit to Win” T-shirt and an autographed Celtics poster, but they were also surprised with tickets to an upcoming Celtics game.

Celtics Launch Partnership with Covidien

BOSTON (November 4, 2010) – The Boston Celtics and Covidien today announced the launch of a new partnership program aimed at preventing childhood obesity. The partnership features a series of “Fit to Win” programs that debuted on Thursday, November 4, at the South Boston Boys & Girls Club.

The “Fit to Win” program presented by Covidien, a leading global healthcare products company, teaches children fun and easy steps for maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. The tip-off event featured Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins and rookie Avery Bradley leading children from the South Boston Boys & Girls Club through healthy eating activities showcasing the importance of fruits and vegetables, as well as exercise activities including jump roping and a obstacle course challenge led by Celtics Strength and Conditioning Coach Bryan Doo.

The children of the South Boston Boys & Girls Club all received a t-shirt, an autographed team poster, and tickets to an upcoming game. The tip-off program in South Boston was the first in a series of five events at area Boys and Girls Clubs that will place an emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices that kids can make.

“I really enjoyed meeting and talking with the children at the South Boston Boys & Girls Club today,” Celtics center Kendrick Perkins said. “Eating healthy and getting the right amount of physical activity in everyday is extremely important for these young children. With encouragement to eat more nutritious food and to stay active, these children will live a much healthier lifestyle.”

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 continues to focus a portion of its funding to combat childhood obesity.

“We’ve provided a number of grants to programs in Boston and across the country to help educate children and families about healthy lifestyles,” Covidien Director of Civic Affairs Teresa Hacunda said. “By teaming up with the Celtics and Boys & Girls Clubs with Fit to Win, we can create more awareness, reach more children and deliver the important message that good eating and exercise lead to better health and wellness in our communities.”