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Moores camp promotes healthy lifestyles

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FormerNFLandSouthCarolinadefensivetackleLangstonMoorehasseen-andpersonallyexperienced-thedevastatingimpactthatpoorhealthcaninflictonfamilies.
WhenhewasplayingfortheGamecocksmorethanadecadeago,Moore'sfatherpassedawayduetocongestiveheartfailure.Acoupleofyearslater,Moore'smotherdiedfromtheeffectsofstomachcancer.
So,seekingtotakeastandandignitechangeinColumbia,Moore,whoplayedsixseasonsintheNFL(2003-08)withthreedifferentteams(Cincinnati,ArizonaandDetroit)andoneyearintheUnitedFootballLeague,hasspearheadedtheorganizationofanunprecedentedeventtitledEat2Win(EAT:Effort,AttitudeandTechnique)scheduledforJune11atOwensPark.
"(Throughmyparents)Isawhownutritionandgettingearlyscreeningsforalotofthingswereparamounttopeoplebeinghealthy,havingahealthylifestyleandhavingalonglife,"MooretoldGamecockCentral.comonMonday."I'verecentlybeendoingsomeprogramsattheStatehousewithacoupleoflocalsenatorsworkingonnutritionandfoodinequalitiesandcarryingthatovertohealthscreenings.Unfortunately,SouthCarolinaisupthereintheTop10forobesityanddiabetes."
Thecosttoattendthesingle-daycampis$35duringpre-registrationand$40forday-ofregistration.
WhileMoore,whoservesassidelinereporterfortheGamecockRadioNetworkduringfootballseason,andnumerousotherformerGamecockandNFLathletesteachproperfootballskillstocampparticipantsaged9-17,theirparentsorguardianswillhavetheopportunitytoundergopreventivemedicalscreenings,includingtestsfordiabetes,bloodpressure,visionandbodymassindexalongwithone-on-onenutritionalcoachingandhealthyeatingtutorials.
"I'vealwaysvolunteeredtodocamps,butIwantedtogivetheparentsmoretoolstoworkwithasfarasaddingthehealthcomponent,"Mooresaid."Theycancomeoutanddoscreenings.Sometimesit'shardforparentstodothatbecausemanyofthemworkordon'thaveinsurance.Beingabletodoeverythinginaone-stopshopsettingandusingfootballasthedrawisexcitingforus."
AmongtheformerGamecockplayersvolunteeringatthefootballcampareJonathanAlston,SheldonBrown,C.J.Frye,ErikKimrey,JonathanMartin,SyvelleNewton,StanleyPritchett,ShaunSmith,JohnStrickland,HenryTaylor,PrestonThorne,TroyWilliamson,DerekWatsonandRodWilson.
SeveralcoachesfromNewberryCollegewillalsobeonhandofferinginstruction,Mooresaid,includingoffensivecoordinatorBennettSwygert(whostartedhiscareeratUSCbeforetransferringtoWesternCarolina)andinterimoffensivelinecoachandformerGamecockCedricWilliams.
"Gettingalltheseguysonboardtocomeoutisrealexciting,"Mooresaid."Theydidn'tneedmetoconvincethemtocomeout.Theyjustwantedtoknowwhenandwhere.Manypeoplehavebeenreceptive.ThecityofColumbiahascomeonboard.Themayorandcitymanagerhavesupportedit.Thepeopleinthecommunityarereallyreachingoutandhelpingout.It'sawinforeverybody."
EarthFare,alocalgroceryspecializinginhealthandorganicfoods,willservelunchtocampparticipants.Butthemenuwon'tincludehotdogs,hamburgersorjunkfood,traditionalfareofmostcamps.EmployeesofEarthFarewillalsoprovideinstructiononhealthyeating.
"We'llhavehealthy,organicstuffforlunch,"Mooresaid."Therewillbenoprocessedfoodsorsugarydrinksoutthere."
MotivationalspeakersincludeUSCtrackandfieldcoachCurtisFrye,whilerepresentativesoftheColumbiaPoliceDepartmentwillbeonhandtohelpbuildandfosterbettercommunityrelationships.
What:Eat2WinFootballFundamentalCampandHealthCombine
Where:OwensFieldPark,(1351JimHamiltonBlvd.),Columbia
When:9a.m.-3p.m.,June11
Cost:$35pre-registration/$40day-ofregistration
Why:TeachfundamentalfootballskillsandhelpstimulatepositivechangeandpromotehealthylifestylesandwellnessinthePalmettoState
Information:Call(803)569-7116ore-mailEat2Wincamp@gmail.com
Website:eat2winfootballcamp.eventbrite.com
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