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Tampa Bay Lightning

LIGHTNING FOUNDATION, BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF FLORIDA PARTNER FOR 'FIT FAMILIES FOR LIFE'

Tuesday, 11.27.2007 / 9:28 AM / News
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LIGHTNING FOUNDATION, BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF FLORIDA PARTNER FOR \'FIT FAMILIES FOR LIFE\'
RUNNING SHOE GIVEAWAYS SET FOR WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY

TAMPA BAY -
The Lightning Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida have joined forces to sponsor “Fit Families for Life,” a season-long program focused on helping families make significant changes in exercise routines, eating habits and general wellness.

The program will kick off with a running shoe giveaway on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for students participating in the Lightning’s Reindeer Run on Saturday, December 8. Sixty-five students and parents from Academy Prep Center for Education in Tampa and 35 students from Academy Prep, St. Petersburg will receive the running shoes. A total of 60 students will participate in the one-mile Fun Run at the Reindeer Run. The parents are being encouraged to begin walking or running with the students, and throughout the year they will receive lessons about nutrition, fitness and cooking through “Fit Families for Life.”

The giveaways will take place at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Feet First at 3401 Bay to Bay Blvd. in Tampa, and Friday at 11:15 a.m. at Feet First at 4949 Fourth Street in St. Petersburg.

Academy Prep Center for Education is a college preparatory program for children who meet the criteria for the Federal Free and Reduced Meals Program (at or below the federally-calculated poverty line). Each grade level (5-8) is comprised of 30 students, split evenly between girls and boys. Academy Prep believes parents must be directly involved in the lives of their children at school. The school requires that each family provide up to 50 service hours each year.

The mission of Academy Prep is to promote the educational, social and ethical development of middle school students who qualify for need-based scholarships and have the ability and desire to succeed in a rigorous academic program and to become positive, productive members of society.