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Olympic gymnast visits Prince George’s elementary school

DSC 5601Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes visited Allenwood Elementary School in Prince George’s County on February 27 to encourage healthy eating and regular exercise.

Dawes spoke to sixth- and seventh-graders about her work on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, an advisory committee that works to promote physical activity, fitness, sports and nutrition programs for all ages and backgrounds. She exercised with students and encouraged them to be active for at least 30 minutes to an hour daily. Students also did a trivia session on good nutrition.

“I hope kids take away the importance of fitness and nutrition in their everyday life,” Dawes said. “If students start taking fitness and nutrition seriously at a young age, it will become a part of their daily routine as adults.”

“I think this program will have a wonderful impact on our healthy schools program and will make students aware of the importance of fitness and nutrition goals,” said principal Kaye Stumb.

Dawes, a three-time Olympian, co-chairs the President’s Council with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The Silver Spring native is the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. Dawes competed in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

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