Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Ward, Polamalu pummel obesity
Steelers Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu, who presumably have a bit more free time on their hands these days because of that whole lockout thing, were in Los Angeles on Saturday to promote an Obama administration healthy eating initiative. Ward serves on the president's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which is dedicated to improving the lives of those groups. Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have the highest obesity rate of any U.S. minority group (20 percent of high schoolers are obsese), a stat that inspired the event, which included a fitness demonstration on UCLA's intramural field.
"Balancing a healthy diet with exercise is critical if you want to perform at your best," Ward told the crowd, according to a White House news release. "And teaching your kids this balance at an early age is the key to developing a healthy lifestyle. In this age of video games, kids today don’t get much physical exercise and we, as parents, need to change that."
Early Returns could not confirm rumors that James Harrison was snubbed by the White House because of concerns that he would attack obesity too aggressively and draw a fine or suspension.