Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Launches the Third Annual Texas Round-Up

Tuesday, February 14, 2006  •  Press Release

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today launched the third annual Texas Round-Up, a fitness challenge to encourage Texans to make exercise and healthy lifestyle choices a part of their daily routine.

“The Texas Round-Up is much more than a one-day fitness festival, it is a powerful program that can help Texans make lasting lifestyle changes that will improve every day to come,” Perry said. “It’s not always easy to make time for regular exercise, but the statistics show that people who exercise for just 20 minutes per day a few days each week live healthier, happier and longer lives.  That is why it is so important for Texans of all ages to make physical activity and healthy eating habits a part of their daily routine.”

Perry urged Texans to begin their participation by logging onto the Texas Round-Up website (www.texasroundup.org). The website helps participants begin an online training program to track their progress, as well as access training tips and advice. Gov. Perry will send a signed certificate to everyone who completes the online training program.

The Round-Up also provides a clear target-date for participants to reach their fitness goals, because on Saturday, Apr. 29, the Round-Up will culminate in a fitness festival on the Capitol grounds. The festival is geared toward making children and families excited about exercise. It will feature 5 and 10K competitive races, the “Chicken Chase” family one-mile race, a health and fitness expo, opportunities to meet professional athletes, and live music throughout the day.

“And I want young Texans to understand, whether you want to be an Olympic athlete, a teacher, business owner or anything else, your health is the most important factor in whether you will reach your goal,” Perry said. “When you exercise, you feel better, your look better, and you are more likely to do better in various aspects of life.”

An avid runner, Perry has made fitness and healthful lifestyles choices an important part of his healthcare initiatives. Perry pointed out that too many Texans face serious health problems as a result of being overweight and obesity costs Texas billions of dollars each year from lost productivity and increased use of the healthcare system.

Perry launched the Round-Up at a pep rally at Barbara Jordan Elementary School, where he was joined by elite distance runner Cassandra Henkiel and well-known exercise scientist Greg McMillan.

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