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May 28, 2014
Jackie Joyner-Kersee and American College of Sports Medicine Announce Partnership to Expand Initiatives that Promote Better Fitness and Nutrition Among Families
INDIANAPOLIS –An iconic Olympic heroine joined forces with the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world today with a shared vision to transform the health of families and communities. Jackie Joyner-Kersee and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) made the announcement at the ACSM Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
“It is critical that we continue to expand our efforts to engage families in understanding the importance of an active lifestyle and good nutrition,” said Joyner-Kersee. “By partnering with ACSM, we can accelerate our reach by taking this message to underserved communities nationwide.”
Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, Joyner-Kersee is one of the most decorated Olympians in history. Since her retirement, she has been a passionate advocate for healthy living in her hometown of East St. Louis. Working with public schools, community partners and corporate sponsors, Joyner-Kersee’s influence and hands-on work have made a positive difference in her hometown. Now it’s time to take the dream further.
“The impact Jackie is having in her community has been exemplary,” said ACSM President William Dexter, M.D. We look forward to helping her expand this program across the country by providing our organizational resources and evidenced-based research that will help fuel her efforts. At the end of the day, our goal is the same: raise the quality of life for underserved families through nutrition and physical fitness.”
The new partners used the ACSM Annual Meeting as the official kick-off for their working relationship. “We are off to a great start as we look to the future,” said Joyner-Kersee. “I am grateful to ACSM for coming alongside us as we pursue a long-term solution for healthy families.