2006 Texas Round Up Kick Off
Thank you, Principal (Diana) Vallejo. It’s great to be here with the students, teachers and administrators of Barbara Jordan Elementary.
I want to say a special word of thanks to two accomplished athletes with us today, Cassandra Henkiel and Greg McMillan, two of the fastest runners in Austin.
Both have inspired Austinites to get fitter and faster on the running trail, not just by their performance, but as trainers and coaches.
In fact, this Sunday you can bet hundreds of Freescale marathoners will be relying on the Greg McMillan running calculator to set their pace based on times they ran at other distances.
I also want to thank a group of young Texans who are showing that you don’t have to be a world-class athlete to enjoy the benefits of regular exercise, the students of Jordan Elementary participating in the Born to Run program. Thank you for leading the way.
No matter how old you are, it’s not always easy to make time for regular exercise.
With school, work, family, friends and other activities, we all have responsibilities that take up a large part of each day.
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.
Today we are here to kick off the third annual Texas Round-Up and to ask every Texan to join the movement that has already helped thousands of adults and children get on the path that leads to a healthier life.
On this Valentine’s Day, if you want to show your mom and dad how much you really care about them, ask them to sign the whole family up for the Texas Round-Up.
It’s never too early, and never too late, to make a commitment to healthy living.
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.
The Round-Up helps Texans set clear, realistic goals by providing online daily fitness plans for all levels of experience at Texas-Roundup-dot-org.
Participants have online access to training tips and advice, and can keep track of the progress they are making on a personalized interactive exercise log.
The Round-Up also provides a clear target date for participants to reach their goals.
On Saturday, April 29, we will have a statewide fitness festival in Austin with 10K, 5K and one mile events that are open to all ages and fitness levels, as well as a health expo where families can get the tools to make healthier choices.
And because it is important to let young Texans know that exercise can be fun, the Texas Round-Up fitness festival features races, activities and games for children of all ages, opportunities to meet professional athletes, and live music performances throughout the day that the whole family can enjoy.
The fact is, when physical activity is a family activity, it’s more enjoyable and more likely to become a lasting habit.
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.
When you exercise, you feel better, you look better, and you are more likely to do better in various aspects of life.
The Texas Round-Up can help you and thousands of children and adults across Texas begin to develop the habits that will lead to a full and healthy life.
I want to thank the individuals and organizations that have made the Texas Round-Up possible, including Pilgrim’s Pride and the other sponsors represented here today, the state agency representatives with us who are encouraging their employees to get fit, and the members of the Round-Up Board of Directors.
Thank you all for having us today, and I hope to see you at the fitness festival on April 29.
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