Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 27, 2013
Ready, Set, Gold!, a program of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, tackles the epidemic problems of childhood obesity and chronic diseases by pairing Southern California Olympians and Paralympians with Los Angeles area public schools to help promote student fitness, nutrition and healthy living habits.
UCLA and USA men’s gymnastics great Peter Vidmar is the Chairman of RSG! and seven other Bruin Olympians participate in the program. "The Olympians take great interest in reaching out to inspire the students at their schools to better understand the benefits of setting goals and working diligently to achieve them,” Vidmar said. “They address not just physical fitness and nutrition, but also how to succeed in life".
Many of our Olympians and Paralympians have overcome significant hardships to reach their goals, and, through the telling of their life experiences, they can inspire and connect with many of these students in a unique way. "This is a great experience for all involved. In the end, I think the Olympians benefit as much as the students," he said.
Each Olympian is matched to a specific school and meets with the PE classes at least five times during the school year to inspire, educate and motivate the students toward a long and healthy life through fun physical activity and good nutrition. During the school visits, Olympians exercise with the students and share their stories of how they became Olympians and the importance good fitness and nutrition played in their success.
Past UCLA Olympians who participate in RSG! include: Bruin women’s track & field head coach Jeanette Bolden; Annett Davis (beach volleyball); Amanda Freed (softball); UCLA middle distance track & field assistant coach Johnny Gray; Jenny Johnson Jordan (beach volleyball); Althea Moses (track & field), and Michael O’Hara (volleyball).
Ready, Set, Gold!, the only program of its kind in the country, is primarily funded by worldwide Olympic sponsor Samsung Electronics North America and currently operates in 50 schools, positively affecting approximately 25,000 students each year. There are 41 Olympians participating in the program this year, including 18 medalists.