PHOENIX, Arizona, March 5. TOMORROW former University of Texas swimmer and Beijing Olympics gold medalist Garrett Weber-Gale will address a White House gathering to discuss the benefits of a nutritious diet and active lifestyle.
The leadership of the “Let's Move!” initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010, invited Weber-Gale to be one of six speakers on hand for its presentation scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at the White House. The presentation begins at 9 a.m. ET and is expected to run through noon local time. The First Lady also will address the gathering. WhiteHouse.gov will offer a live webcast of the event.
The objective of “Let's Move!” is to reduce childhood obesity by ensuring that children remain active and families have access tohealthy, affordable food. The purpose aligns with the goals of AthleticFoodie, an initiative founded by Weber-Gale in 2008, which encourages people to pursue healthy dining options and remain physically active.
“I will tell my story and discuss how eating healthy has affected my performance and how I feel every day,” Weber-Gale said. “I hope to inspire people and help them understand the difference a healthy lifestyle can make for anyone. There were people here in my community who helped me get on the right track. There is no way I could have accomplished my goals without them.”
Weber-Gale was diagnosed with high blood pressure as astudent-athlete at The University of Texas (2004-07). Upon his physician's advice, he sought to control the condition by consuming a healthy diet richwith fruits and vegetables. The two-time NCAA champion successfully managed the condition, and in 2008, he won the 50m and 100m freestyle events at the U.S. Olympic Trials to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
Weber-Gale went on to win two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. The Wisconsin native swam on the USA's memorable 4x100m freestyle relay that edged France at the final touch for the gold medal. Weber-Gale also won gold in the 4x100m medley relay in Beijing.
Weber-Gale is also a monthly contributor to Swimming World Magazine, with his own “Athletic Foodie: Let's Live a Healthier Life!” section. Each month, Weber-Gale talks about ways swimmers can improve their overall nutrition, including what to eat and when to eat it. The section regularly comes fun recipes for swimmers to try out at home! Check out his monthly column by subscribing to Swimming World Magazine.
For more information, please visit AthleticFoodie.com,LetsMove.gov and WhiteHouse.gov.