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June 4, 2013

Moore's camp promotes healthy lifestyles



Former NFL and South Carolina defensive tackle Langston Moore has seen - and personally experienced - the devastating impact that poor health can inflict on families.

When he was playing for the Gamecocks more than a decade ago, Moore's father passed away due to congestive heart failure. A couple of years later, Moore's mother died from the effects of stomach cancer.

So, seeking to take a stand and ignite change in Columbia, Moore, who played six seasons in the NFL (2003-08) with three different teams (Cincinnati, Arizona and Detroit) and one year in the United Football League, has spearheaded the organization of an unprecedented event titled Eat2Win (EAT: Effort, Attitude and Technique) scheduled for June 11 at Owens Park.

"(Through my parents) I saw how nutrition and getting early screenings for a lot of things were paramount to people being healthy, having a healthy lifestyle and having a long life," Moore told GamecockCentral.com on Monday. "I've recently been doing some programs at the Statehouse with a couple of local senators working on nutrition and food inequalities and carrying that over to health screenings. Unfortunately, South Carolina is up there in the Top 10 for obesity and diabetes."

The cost to attend the single-day camp is $35 during pre-registration and $40 for day-of registration.

While Moore, who serves as sideline reporter for the Gamecock Radio Network during football season, and numerous other former Gamecock and NFL athletes teach proper football skills to camp participants aged 9-17, their parents or guardians will have the opportunity to undergo preventive medical screenings, including tests for diabetes, blood pressure, vision and body mass index along with one-on-one nutritional coaching and healthy eating tutorials.

"I've always volunteered to do camps, but I wanted to give the parents more tools to work with as far as adding the health component," Moore said. "They can come out and do screenings. Sometimes it's hard for parents to do that because many of them work or don't have insurance. Being able to do everything in a one-stop shop setting and using football as the draw is exciting for us."

Among the former Gamecock players volunteering at the football camp are Jonathan Alston, Sheldon Brown, C.J. Frye, Erik Kimrey, Jonathan Martin, Syvelle Newton, Stanley Pritchett, Shaun Smith, John Strickland, Henry Taylor, Preston Thorne, Troy Williamson, Derek Watson and Rod Wilson.

Several coaches from Newberry College will also be on hand offering instruction, Moore said, including offensive coordinator Bennett Swygert (who started his career at USC before transferring to Western Carolina) and interim offensive line coach and former Gamecock Cedric Williams.

"Getting all these guys on board to come out is real exciting," Moore said. "They didn't need me to convince them to come out. They just wanted to know when and where. Many people have been receptive. The city of Columbia has come on board. The mayor and city manager have supported it. The people in the community are really reaching out and helping out. It's a win for everybody."

Earth Fare, a local grocery specializing in health and organic foods, will serve lunch to camp participants. But the menu won't include hot dogs, hamburgers or junk food, traditional fare of most camps. Employees of Earth Fare will also provide instruction on healthy eating.

"We'll have healthy, organic stuff for lunch," Moore said. "There will be no processed foods or sugary drinks out there."

Motivational speakers include USC track and field coach Curtis Frye, while representatives of the Columbia Police Department will be on hand to help build and foster better community relationships.

What: Eat2Win Football Fundamental Camp and Health Combine
Where: Owens Field Park, (1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.), Columbia
When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 11
Cost: $35 pre-registration/$40 day-of registration
Why: Teach fundamental football skills and help stimulate positive change and promote healthy lifestyles and wellness in the Palmetto State
Information: Call (803) 569-7116 or e-mail Eat2Wincamp@gmail.com
Website: eat2winfootballcamp.eventbrite.com

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