Celebrity Power!

March 12, 2007

by Rochelle Davis, HSC Executive Director

Last week we heard about two celebrities adding their voices to the fight to create school settings that promote healthy eating and active lifestyles.

First, exercise Guru Richard Simmons lent his support to the efforts of U.S. Representatives Zach Wamp and Ron Kind, who introduced legislation that would make physical education a part of the core curriculum of the No Child Left Behind Act. 

Now we hear that Shaquille O’Neal will participate in a TV reality show to air this summer on ABC that will track the efforts of Florida school children to lose weight. The show is expected to include O’Neal lobbying politicians on possible causes, including school nutrition. It’s great to see that Shaq recognizes the importance of the school environment — and the need for clear public policy.