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  July 17, 2003 -- No. 374

Gatorade, UNC to announce major partnership to combat obesity; Surgeon General, Mia Hamm to help launch project     

National Mall between 3rd and 4th Streets NW (between the Washington Monument and the Capitol)
Washington, D.C.
Noon, Monday, July 21

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Gatorade Co. will announce a multi-million-dollar partnership designed to increase activity levels among children and reduce childhood obesity.

Dr. Richard Carmona, U.S. Surgeon General, and Mia Hamm, Washington Freedom soccer star and UNC alumna, will join officials representing the Gatorade Co. and UNCís School of Public Health and Department of Athletics in giving remarks during the announcement briefing.

Nearly 9 million children and adolescents ages 6-19 are considered overweight or obese, national statistics indicate, and only 22 percent of U.S. adolescents are meeting national physical recommendations of six-plus instances of physical activity weekly.

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School of Public Health contact: Lisa Katz, (919) 966-7467 or lisa_katz@unc.edu
Gatorade Co. contact
: Christine Drab, (312) 751-3537 or drabc@fleishman.com