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Shaq’s Big Challenge To Premiere This Summer

April 17, 2007 12:12 AM by Joe Blackmon

Childhood obesity is a fast-growing epidemic in the U.S. – obese
children face a shorter lifespan due to weight-related illnesses such
as increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. But hope has arrived
for America’s children. Shaquille O’Neal, a four-time NBA champion and
a role model to millions, is on a quest to battle this scourge and help
kids across America live more healthfully. His new series, "Shaq’s Big
Challenge," will debut TUESDAY, JUNE 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the
ABC Television Network and is produced by RDF USA ("Wife Swap").

Shaq and his hand-picked "dream team" of experts embark on a crusade to help transform six obese middle school youngsters from Florida into healthy, fit kids – and along the way, demonstrate how other communities nationwide can help fight childhood obesity. In "Shaq’s Big Challenge" he puts six obese youngsters through the most intense, emotional and rewarding time of their young lives. He is aided by six specialists, including: Shaq’s own physician and trainer, Dr. Carlon "Doc" Colker, M.D.; personal trainer Tarik Tyler; nutritionist Dr. Joy Bauer; childhood obesity expert Dr. William Muinos, M.D. from Miami Children’s Hospital; Food Network celebrity chef Tyler Florence; and Shaq’s Louisiana State University coach Dale Brown. Together they go into the kids’ homes and, schools, then expand their scope to meet with the local school and government officials to develop and implement a wellness program for the children of the community, and later for the entire state of Florida.

This mission does not end with these six children. The goal is for every child in the local schools to take part in Shaq’s plan. His dream team addresses the challenges of providing tasty, kid-friendly nutritious meals on a budget, as well as incorporating more exercise into the kids’ days. For instance, physical education is no longer mandatory in many public schools across the U.S., so Shaq and his team will develop revolutionary programs to allow every child to get consistent exercise while at school. Once he has accomplished his mission at this school, Shaq and his team will have laid the groundwork to achieve their ultimate goal: to create a fitness plan that could be accepted across the whole of Florida and serve as a template for the entire country. "Shaq’s Big Challenge" will change the way we approach the health of a nation — one child, one community, one state at a time, until we truly are a happier, healthier, fitter America.

Executive producers are Rick Ringbakk, Greg Goldman, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Coelen, Christopher Handy, Perry Rogers, Michael Parris and Stephen Lambert. The series is produced by RDF USA. It is based on the hit U.K. series, "Unfit Kids."

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  1. bobby Says:
    April 17th, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    u suck

  2. Mike Torchia Says:
    May 8th, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Children’s Health Organization Disputes the Effectiveness of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council On Physical Fitness and Sports

    Los Angeles, CA (Worldwide News Release) May 7, 2007 — Michael Torchia, Health and Wellness Expert says, “Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council offers no working solutions to eradicate childhood obesity and has no strategic plan, proper structuring or qualified team of experts to accomplish long term lifestyle changes for children. It’s impossible to have the epidemic of childhood obesity in California decline just offering suggestions and prizes for short term achievements.” In addition, they are sponsored by General Mills, who manufactures food products containing refined sugars, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and genetically modified ingredients.

    Mr. Torchia, creator of the Children’s Fitness Academy (CFA), believes the Governor’s Council is consorting with manufacturers of food products containing unhealthy ingredients and implementing ineffective programs for children.

    “It is indefensible that anyone, least of all a Governor of the United States would consider an endorsement from a company such as this,” says Robert Scott Bell, Director of Product Development for Natural Immunogenics Corp. “These endorsements make as much sense as having the Columbian Medellin Cartel sponsoring America’s war on drugs. Unless, of course, you consider the use of artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, genetically modified ingredients, hydrogenated oils and refined sugars to be essential nutrients for the health of our children. Since the aforementioned food additives are embraced to varying degrees by the majority sponsor of the Governor’s Council, they are actively engaging in creating the many health complications, identified under the medical term Syndrome-X (obesity, diabetes, etc) that the president claims to be fighting against.”

    “Products like those made by General Mills cannot be consumed in moderation,” said Torchia. “There is nothing moderate about ingesting substances that result in chronic, degradation diseases. This is the delusion that somehow allows mass food processors like General Mills to convince nutritionally ignorant politicians that they are promoting good health.”

    After Mr. Torchia offered to combine forces with the Governor’s Council, utilizing his star power and affluent clients, Ken Rogers, Executive Director for the Governor’s Council, said, “We don’t want to build alliances with any other organizations and our only goals are to run the Governor’s Challenge and give out awards for completion.” Brent Berger, Operations Specialist, with expertise in business development, business strategy and finance agrees, “It would be virtually impossible for the Governor’s Council to achieve any substantial reduction in the epidemic of obesity in California with their methods. What they need is a well-qualified team of experts and proper strategic planning to have a significant turnaround in childhood obesity.”

    In addition, on the Governor’s Council’s website the contact link for Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the Governor’s Council goes to his personal website selling all his exercise gadgets that are seen on late night TV and no mention of the Governor’s Council or donations for their organization from products sold.

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Contact: Michael Torchia

    800.933.8633 (Within U.S)

    310.717.2034 (International)

    http://www.operationfitness.com

    http://www.myspace.com/operationfitness

  3. Shatorius Says:
    May 31st, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    i like your idea because i’m a child also. may i be in your show?

  4. james munoz bruun Says:
    June 1st, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    i was in the fit kids finals and i didnt make but i think its a great deal for kids like me and other people we lost are pe time so its less excerise for kids like us we should be able to go out longer, i met shaq hes a great guy i hope to see him again soon so i like to say that i hope that it goes to the goverment

  5. james munoz bruun Says:
    June 1st, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    i was in the fit kids finals and i didnt make but i think its a great deal for kids like me and other people we lost are pe time so its less excerise for kids like us we should be able to go out longer, i met shaq hes a great guy i hope to see him again soon so i like to say that i hope that it goes to the goverment

  6. sherilynn r munoz Says:
    June 1st, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    Being A mother of one of the final 12 kids.I feel more celebs.should be aware of what is going on in our schools,having met Mr.O’Neal in person he was a very polite gentleman who truly seems to care about the situation,If Mr.O’Neal reads this this is james mom.

  7. lisa g. Says:
    June 8th, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    are you still auditioning for the program? i have a son who is severely obese, with whom i have tried just about everything to help lose weight. he consistently gains more.he’s a big fan of shaqs and i know he can influence him.i dont know where else to turn for now. he thinks that surgery will be his answer one day. i dont want that and in the meantime he cant maintain his weight. please help us shaq.

  8. michhael palmer Says:
    June 14th, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    i am a kid who needs your help and ive been hit by a truck and when i got hit i just started to eat my sadness away now im 11 years old and wheigh 120 pounds i gainded a lot of wheight sences the accident so im askin you to put me on your show

  9. michhael palmer Says:
    June 14th, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    i am a kid who needs your help and ive been hit by a truck and when i got hit i just started to eat my sadness away now im 11 years old and wheigh 120 pounds i gainded a lot of wheight sences the accident so im askin you to put me on your show

  10. caitlyn Says:
    July 29th, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    hi, im 13 years old and i wheigh 170 pounds and i would really like to be on your show!! i dont care about being on tv i just want to get fit and eat better! its not that i eat too much its that i dont eat enough i eat 1 sometimes 2 meals a day!! im in 8th grade and i love sports..like soccer!! its my favorite!!and being big is slowing me down!! even if i cant be on your show i need your help! and im sorry this is so long i just really wont your help!! thanks for reading this!!!bye!

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