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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

May 15, 2002  


Charlotte, NC – May is proving to be a busy month for the Mecklenburg Council on Health and Fitness.  The group has just launched its brand-new Web site,, and is making the final preparations for its upcoming 2002 Fitness Summit. 

The Mecklenburg Council on Health and Fitness is a group of health and fitness professionals and enthusiasts representing the NC Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Health. The group seeks to encourage, promote and support health and fitness activities for the citizens of Mecklenburg County. 

The Council consists of, but is not limited to, persons trained, experienced, knowledgeable or interested in health and fitness. Membership reflects the diversity of the community and includes representatives from the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Park and Recreation, local hospitals and healthcare organizations, private business and industry, sports and fitness professionals and volunteers. 

This year’s Fitness Summit is Wednesday, May 22, 2002 in room 210 AB of the Charlotte Convention Center.  The goals of Fitness Summit are to promote healthy lifestyles in Mecklenburg County and provide a networking and continuing education program for health and fitness professionals and enthusiasts. 

Guest speakers at the Fitness Summit include Molly Barker, Charlottean and founder of ‘Girls on the Run,’ a fitness and self-esteem building program for girls; award-winning journalist Carol Krucoff, founding editor of the Health Section of The Washington Post; and the “real Forrest Gump” Rob Sweetgall.  Sweetgall has walked across the U.S. seven times.  The author and inspirational speaker is the only person to have continually walked in all 50 states in one year, logging 11,028 miles. 

The Mecklenburg Council on Health and Fitness’ new Web site,, has more details about the Council’s mission as advocates of healthy living, fitness news, and information about membership and the 2002 Fitness Summit.  The site also contains a feature that allows members to constantly update a calendar of upcoming fitness-related events. 

For more information about the Mecklenburg Council on Health and Fitness or to register for the May 22 Fitness Summit, contact Priscilla Laula at the Mecklenburg County Health Department at 704-336-5392.

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