Coca-Cola Announces to "Get the Ball Rolling" for Youth Fitness in Partnership with Presbyterian Hemby Children's Hospital, Harris Teeter, the Charlotte Checkers, Charlotte Eagles, and the Charlotte Knights

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Coca-Cola Company, Presbyterian Hemby Children's Hospital, Harris Teeter, the Charlotte Checkers, Charlotte Eagles, and the Charlotte Knights joined forces at Time Warner Cable Arena today to announce a unique partnership aimed at educating local youth about the importance of physical activity and a balanced diet. The collective influence of these high-profile partners is expected to amplify the need to educate and engage area youth about eating right and keeping fit. These are shared goals for all partners involved and an extension of Coca-Cola's numerous Live Positively programs.

This announcement will mark the kick-off of the "Live Positively: Get the Ball Rolling" partnership initiative for Charlotte, NC. Through this new partnership, youth from around the area will have the opportunity to learn about living a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating right at a series of fitness clinics led by staff and professional athletes from the Checkers, Eagles and the Knights as well as area nutrition experts.

"We are committed to doing our part to fight obesity and to help create a healthier nation through policies and programs that promote active, healthy living," said Jenny Miller, Marketing Manager for Coca-Cola Refreshment. "We are joining forces and coming together to benefit the community and our youth."

Each sports team, along with Coca-Cola, will host a workshop clinic that will focus on teaching youth the importance of exercising and eating a balanced diet. Athletes and nutrition experts will run fitness drills and give nutrition lessons for kids to take home and share with their families.

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