aCTIVITIES

In each city, Kevin is inviting city government officials, key business community officials, health and fitness experts and officials from the education community to a meeting. The meeting will serve as a health and fitness summit organized for the purpose of establishing or enhancing a community-based health and fitness initiative.

Kevin is also speaking to and presenting an award to a school or school district in each city that exemplifies a commitment to health and fitness.

 

Most Current Activities

Thursday, September 9th

Mexico/U.S. Border
11:00 AM Official wheel across the Mexican/U.S. border; Kevin breaks the ribbon as he crosses over the Mexican border ending the “Big Push” totaling 2,091 miles from the Detroit, MI / Canadian border to the Laredo, TX / Mexican border.

Laredo , TX
Recognized Kevin Saunders for his inspirational mission of raising health and fitness awareness for all Americans by the city of Laredo , TX.

Presentation to Lyndon B. Johnson High School in Laredo , TX

MEDIA PRESENT: CBS KVTV TV Channel 13, Univision KLBO TV Channel 27

Meeting with Mayor Elizabeth Flores of Laredo and acceptance of Key to the City on behalf of The Health and Fitness Tour of America.

MEDIA PRESENT: CBS KVTV TV Channel 13, Univision KLBO TV Channel 27

Wednesday, September 8th

Laredo , TX
MEDIA: TV Interview: CBS KVTV TV Channel 13 evening news with anchor Richard Noreiga.

TV Interview: NBC Today Morning Show KGNS TV Channel 8 with anchor/reporters Steve Lyerly and Christina Meding.  

Newspaper Interview with Nancy Martinez: “ Laredo Morning Times” Photo editor Ricardo Santos

Tuesday, September 7th

Laredo , TX
September 7th Official wheel into Laredo , TX

MEDIA: TV Interview with reporter Mireya Villarreal: KGNS TV NBC Channel 8

TV Interview with reporter Christina Garcia: KVTV TV CBS Channel 13

TV Interview with reporter Juan Rodriguez: KLDO TV Univision Channel 27

Newspaper Interview: “Laredo Morning Times” with Times sports editor Salo Otero

Friday, September 3rd

San Antonio , TX
Friday, September 3rd was Declared “Kevin Saunders Day” in San Antonio , TX

September 2nd Official wheel into San Antonio

September 3rd 11:30 AM -  Meeting with Mayor Pro-tem of San Antonio

Wednesday, September 1st

Austin , TX
Tuesday, August 31st was Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Austin, TX by Mayor Wynn

11:30AM Meeting with Governor Rick Perry's Office for presentation.

3:30 PM Meeting with Mayor Wynn
MEDIA: Interview KXAN NBC Channel 36  Austin , TX

Tuesday, August 25th

Houston , TX
Tuesday August 24th was Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Houston by Mayor Bill White

Wednesday - August 25th- TV interview with KHOU CBS Houston, TX

Radio interview with Palestine, TX KNET 1450AM
Monday, August 23rd

Conroe , TX
Monday August 23rd Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Conroe , TX by Mayor Tommy Metcalf

MEDIA: Interview with “The Courier” Reporter Lauren Hutton

Thursday, August 19th

Huntsville, TX
Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Huntsville, TX by Mayor Steed Smith.

Media: Interview with “The Huntsville Item” newspaper reporter Kurt Allen

Mayor Steed Smith presented Kevin with a Proclamation declaring Thursday August 20th Kevin Saunders Day in Huntsville , TX.

Wednesday August 18th

Palestine, TX
Media: Interview with The Palestine Herald Press; Reporter Mary Rainwater

Andy took a picture for Mary, and we told her that we would email it to her when we got back to our hotel in Athens . We had one more night in Athens before we moved on to our sponsor Baymont hotel in Conroe , TX .

Media: KYYK 98.3 AM; Set up interview with Patty Underwood.

Left a copy of my book and some brochures about the tour with the office of State Senator Todd Staples from district 3. Senator Staples' is really into health and fitness and supports our efforts..

Tuesday August 17th

Jacksonville, TX
Media: Jacksonville Daily Progress; with Editor – Larry Krantz

Monday August 16th

Athens, TX
Media: The Athens Daily Review; Interview with Reporter Brad Bennett.

Friday August 13th

Dallas, TX
Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Dallas, Texas by Mayor Laura Miller

Official Wheel In To Dallas at the Grapevine Baymont

4:30 PM Kevin received official proclamation from Sheila Stokes head of Lighten Up Big D! for Mayor Laura Miller at the Mayor’s office city hall downtown Dallas, TX

Thursday August 6th

Tyler, TX
Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Tyler

3:30 PM Meeting with Mayor Pro Tem Scurry

3:30 PM TV Interview with KLTV TV – ABC

3:30 PM Newspaper Interview with The Tyler Morning Telegraph

Tuesday August 6th

Longview, TX
Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Longview

11 AM TV Interview with KLTV TV ABC in Longview

11 AM Meeting with Mayor Moore

11 AM Newspaper interview with The Longview News Journal

Thursday August 5th

Shreveport, LA
TV Interview KTBS - ABC Channel 3

Wednesday August 4th - Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Shreveport

TV Interview KSLA - CBS Channel 12

Meeting with Mayor Mayor Keith Hightower

TV Interview KTBS Channel 3
KTAL Channel 6

Tuesday August 3rd

Wheel into Shreveport Sam's Town w/ police escort

TV Interview KTAL NBC Channel 6

KSLA CBS Channel 12

KTBS ABC Channel 3

Newspaper Interview The Shreveport Times

Monday August 2nd

Texarkana, Arkansas
9:30 AM CST Meeting with Mayor
Mayor Horace G. Shipp

TV Interview KTBS ABC Channel 3

Friday July 30th - Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Texarkana

TV Interview KTBS Channel 3

Friday July 30th

Hope,Arkansas
Meeting with City Manager Cook

Friday July 30th

Prescott, Arkansas
Meeting with Mayor Taylor

Newspaper Interview Nevada County Newspaper

Thursday August 4th

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Radio station Interview KYKX 106

Friday July 30th - Declared Kevin Saunders Day in the city of Arkadelphia

Radio station Interview KYXK 106 FM

Visit Parks and Rec

Newspaper Interview Arkadelphia Siftings Herald

Friday July 30th

Caddo Valley, Arkansas
Meeting with Mayor Hollingshead, City Manager Copelan, Director
of Park and Rec Brumley and City Director Kelly

Thursday July 29th

Benton, Arkansas
Meeting with Sheriff Mask and Saline County Chaplin Burk

Newspaper Interview The Benton Courier Newspaper

Newspaper Interview with The Bryant Banner

Thursday July 29th

Malvern, Arkansas
Meeting with Mayor Northcutt, Police Chief Tart, Asst. Chief of Police O’keefe, and other city leaders

Newspaper Interview Malvern Daily Record

Wednesday July 28th

Little Rock, Arkansas
TV Interview KARK NBC Channel 4

Tuesday July 27th - Kevin Saunders was Recognized as Ambassador of Health and Fitness in the Sate of Arkansas by Governor Mike Huckabee


TV Interview "News 4 Arkansas Today”
KARK NBC Channel 4

Meeting with Chris Pyle Policy Advisor for Family & Faith

Meeting with Governor Governor Mike Huckabee's Office

Monday July 26th

TV Interview “THV This Morning”
KTHV CBS Channel 11"

Newspaper Interview Jacksonville Patriot

Saturday July 24th

Radio Interview St. Louis radio station

Friday July 23rd

Stuttgart, Arkansas
Meeting with Mayor Richenback

Newspaper interview Daily Leader County

Wednesday, July 21st

Marianna, Arkansas
Police escort

Meeting with Mayor Taylor and City Cleark Gray

Newspaper Interview The Courier-Index

Tuesday July 20th

Memphis, Tennessee
Recognized Kevin Saunders for His Contribution to the Community of Memphis

Meeting with City Council

Monday July 19th

Radio studio interview WHBQ - 560 AM

TV Interview - "Live at 9" WREG - CBS Channel 3

Police Escort to Baymont Memphis City Police

TV Interview at Baymont WMC - NBC Channel 5 WHBQ Channel 13

Sunday July 18th

TV Interview WPTY-ABC 24/WLMT-UPN 30

Thursday July 15th

Senath, Missouri
Meeting with Mayor Brooks

Newspaper Interview The South County News

Thursday July 15th

Kennett, Missouri
Newspaper Interview The Daily Dunklin Democrat
Meeting with Mayor Parke
r

Wednesday July 14th

Dexter, Missouri
Newspaper Interview Daily Statesman

Radio Interview KDEX - 1590 AM & 102.3 FM

Meeting with Mayor Webster
Police escort out of city

Wednesday July 14th

Advance, Missouri
10:00 AM Meeting with Mayor Harness

Tuesday July 13th

Cape Giradeau, Missouri
Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Cape Giradeau

10:00 AM Meeting with Mayor Knudtson

10:00 AM Radio interview KRCU - NPR 90.9

10:00 AM TV Interview with KFVS TV – CBS

4:45 PM Newspaper Interview with The Southeast Missourian

Friday July 9th

4:15 PM Radio phone interview KZIM 960 AM –NewsRadio

Monday July 12th

Chester, Illinois
10:00 AM Newspaper Interview Randolph County Herald Tribune

Friday July 9th

Waterloo, Illinois
Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Waterloo

12:45 PM Police Escort Waterloo City Police

1:00 PM Meeting with Mayor Kipping

1:00 PM Newspaper Interview Republic-Times

1:00 PM Newspaper Interview Monroe County- Clarion Journal

1:00 PM Newspaper Interview Monroe Co- Independent Newspaper

Friday July 9th

Columbia, Illinois
11:00 AM Police Escort Columbia City Police

Sheriff's Escort Monroe County Sheriff Dept

Saturday July 24th

St. Louis, Missouri
6:00 PM Radio Interview 97.1 FM

Thursday July 8th

9:00 AM Speak at high school Roosevelt High School

11:00 AM Speak at high school Beaumont High School

Wednesday July 7th - Declared Kevin Saunders Day in St. Louis

12:30 PM Meeting with Mayor Slay

9:30 AM TV Interview with KSDK TV - NBC "Get Hooked on Health St. Louis" CCIN

6:30 PM Baseball Game St. Louis Cardinals

Monday July 5th

5:30 AM TV Interview
Today in St. Louis" KSDK - NBC

Friday July 2nd

Litchfield, IL
Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Litchfield

9:00 AM Meeting with Mayor Dunkirk Mayor's Office

Newspaper Interview with The Hillsborough Journal

Newspaper Interview with The Montgomery County News

Newspaper Interview with The Litchfield News Herald

9:30 AM City Police Escort Litchfield Police

Thursday July 1st

Decatur, IL
Meeting with Mayor Osborne

TV Interview WAND - ABC

Thursday July 1st

Monticello, IL
Meeting with Mayor

Meeting with City Police

Newspaper Interview with The Piatt County Journal-Republican

Thursday July 1st

Champaign, IL
Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Champaign

9:30 AM Meeting with Mayor Gerald Schweighart

TV Interview with WCIA TV - CBS

Wednesday June 30th

1:30 PM State Patrol Escort State Police

4:00 PM Award Presentation Marty Morris & Jean Driscoll

Tuesday June 29th

Crawfordsville, IN
Meeting with Mayor

Newspaper Interview with The Crawfordsville Journal Review

Monday June 28th

Lebanon, IN
1:30 PM Newspaper Interview Lebanon Reporter

2:00 PM Meeting with Mayor Acton

2:15 PM Police Escort Lebanon Police

Friday June 25th

Indianapolis, IN
7:40 AM TV Interview WISH - CBS

8:45:00 AM Phone Radio Interview WBTU (Fort Wayne, IN)

Thursday June 24th - Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Indianapolis

9:00 AM Meeting with Mayor Peterson

9:15 AM TV Interview WTHR - NBC Channel 13

Wednesday June 23rd

1:30 PM Interview The Courier Times

4:00 PM Media Event Press Conference at Baymont

8:30 PM Phone Radio Interview WIBC AM

Tuesday, June 22nd

Bluffton, IN
Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Blufton

Kevin received key to the city of Blufton

12:00 PM Newspaper Interview Bluffton News-Banner

Monday, June 21st

Fort Wayne, IN
Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Ft Wayne

2:00 PM Meeting with Mayor Richard

TV and Newspaper Interview from city park.

TV interview with WANE TV – CBS

TV interview with WKJG TV – NBC

TV interview with WPTA TV – ABC

Newspaper interview with The Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette.

Friday, June 18th

4:30 PM TV interview from the road with WANE TV - CBS

TV Interview with WKJG TV – NBC

TV Interview with WPTA TV - ABC

Friday, June 18th

Toledo, OH
6:10 AM Telephone Radio Interview WSPD-AM 1370

Thursday, June 17th - Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Toledo

10:00 AM Meeting with Mayor Ford
Media at Mayor’s office: WNWO TV – NBC WTOL TV – CBS WUPW - FOX

12:00 PM Interview Perrysburg Messenger Journal

Wednesday, June 16th

3:30 PM TV Interview from the road with WNWO TV NBC

TV Interview with WTOL TV - CBS

Wednesday, June 16th

Detroit, Michigan
9:30 AM Phone Radio Interview WNIC

10:00 AM Newspaper Interview Heritage Newspapers

Newspaper Interview Monroe Evening News

Tuesday, June 15th - Declared Kevin Saunders Day in Detroit

6:00 AM TV Interview on Morning News WXYZ TV - ABC

7:15 AM TV Interview on Morning News WJBK - FOX

10:30 AM Start Tour at 11:00 a.m. Fiesta Gardens

Wednesday, June 9th

May 26th

Web Article:
“World Champion Wheelchair Athlete to Push Wheelchair from Canada”
http://www.personal-trainer-search.com/p/157,837.html

Detroit E-News
http://www.detnews.com/2004/fitness/0406/09/h03-177881.htm

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GOVERNMENT

SCHOOLS

MEDIA

 

 
GOVERNMENT

Commendations and Support from Government Officials:

State -

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California endorses Kevin Saunders' Health and Fitness Tour of America. Kevin Saunders with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who is a big  constituent for education for proper Fitness & Nutrition for our nation’s youth & American people and California’s youth, parents, teachers, & the people of California.

Governor Rick Perry of Texas welcomes Kevin Saunders and his Health and Fitness Tour of America.

Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas welcomes Kevin Saunders and his Health and Fitness Tour of America and is recognized with with the Arkansas Traveler Certificate.

Governor Gary Locke welcomes the Kevin Saunders' Health and Fitness Tour of America to Washington.

Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm adds her support to the efforts of Kevin Saunders and the Health and Fitness Tour!

Governor Taft of Ohio welcomes Kevin to Ohio and joins all Ohioans in extending best wishes for the success of the Tour of America.

Governor Joseph Kernan of Indiana supports Kevin Saunders and his Health and Fitness Tour of America.

Governor Bob Holden of Missouri recognizes Kevin and the Health and Fitness Tour of America.

Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle gives her official Commendation to Kevin Saunders for his Health and Fitness Tour of America.

Frank H. Murkowski, Governor of Alaska, commends Kevin Saunders' Health and Fitness Tour of America.

City - Click on words or phrases highlighted in blue below to see letters, pictures etc. from a few of the cities Kevin Saunders pushed through on his BIG PUSH over 2,500 miles across America promoting fitness one community at a time.

Mayor Laura Miller declares August 13, 2004 "Kevin Saunders Day" in the city of Dallas, Texas by presenting him with a Proclamation.


The City of Dallas Mayor Laura Miller pictured with Kevin Saunders had an honorary race day to promote fitness and healthy balanced nutrition in the city of Dallas.


Kevin pushes through pouring rain and all types of weather to keep the “BIG PUSH” for fitness on schedule.

St Louis, MO - Proclamation by Mayor Francis Slay of St. Louis declaring "Kevin Saunders Day".


Pictured under the "Gateway to the West" Kevin Saunders is presented with the distinguished honor from Mayor Slay on helping St. Louis bring additional attention to their cities programs like;


"Get Hooked on Health St. Louis" and some additional information, tools and resources from top fitness and nutritional professionals across America.


Kevin Saunders is pictured 
throwing out the 1st pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals to keep America staying active in all types of sports.

Memphis Certificate of Recognition for Kevin Saunders first leg of his "Fitness 4 ALL 50 Sate Tour" the "BIG PUSH" The City of Memphis.


Here is Kevin Saunders receiving the certificate of Recognition for accomplishments above & beyond for Health & Fitness from two of leading City Council Members proclaiming "Kevin Saunders Day" in the city of Memphis.

Indianapolis, IN - honors Kevin and the Health and Fitness Tour of America with an Official Proclamation from Mayor Bart Peterson declaring "Kevin Saunders Day".


Here is picture of Kevin Saunders holding the proclamation from the city of Indianapolis, Indiana for the media. This certificate thanks Kevin Saunders for his dedication to see that education for fitness and healthy nutrition reaches all across America in large and small communities of all ethnicities. 


Kevin Saunders pictured here with his Motorcycle Police escort into the city remarked they were at amazed at the 20 to 30 mph+ speeds Kevin Saunders was able to reach on his way into the city.

The City of Corpus Christi, Texas awards Kevin Saunders and his "BIG PUSH" towards the "Fitness 4 ALL 50 State Tour" with a Certificate of Commendation.


Kevin Saunders is pictured at the front of the U-shaped table giving a Health & Fitness Summit presentation to the city leaders and Mayor and City officials.

The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana declares "Kevin Saunders' Day" by Mayor Graham Richard of Fort Wayne, IN.


Kevin Saunders pictured with students answering questions after a presentation on "Getting fit and eating good nutritional meals and choosing healthy snacks to beat the Obesity Crisis in America - "One Push at a Time!

The City of Toledo, Ohio presents Kevin Saunders with a proclamation honoring him for his "BIG PUSH" over 2,500 miles as a prelude to his "Fitness 4 ALL 50 State Tour" a 501-c-3 Corporation whose purpose is to raise awareness and help educate our nation’s youth, parents, teachers, administrators and the American people about the positive effects of physical fitness and proper nutrition, in such way that they are inspired to actively make healthier choices on a daily basis for a lifetime. The "Fitness 4 ALL 50 State Tour" nonprofit corporation has partnered with the top fitness and nutritional people in America to accomplish this.


Kevin Saunders pictured with the Toledo, Ohio council members and Mayor Protem talking to them and the media about the important issues before each city, town & community that we must improve education and help our students, parents, teachers and others stay accountable by keeping track of progress that leads towards a leaner fit body & mind in order to win the war on obesity in America.

Houston, TX – Mayor Bill White presented Kevin Saunders with a Proclamation proclaiming Kevin Saunders Day" in Houston, TX for his “BIG PUSH” for fitness.


Here is Kevin Saunders is pictured with Mayor Bill White receiving the proclamation for his tireless efforts to make Houston a healthier place to live. Mayor White declared today Kevin Saunders Day in Houston, Texas for his dedication to seeing that everyone has a chance to learn ways to stay fit by implementing different work outs cardio and strength training and making better choices for the foods they eat by using education to help them make better choices on what to eat that provides a healthy & nutritious balanced meals and healthy snacks until it becomes a habit for a life time.

Mayor Keith Hightower of Shreveport, Louisiana pictured with Kevin Saunders as he presents Kevin with a Proclamation declaring "Kevin Saunders Health and Fitness Tour Day".  Kevin Shreveport police escort where quite amazed at the speeds he was able to fly through the city with.


When Kevin Saunders pulled into Shreveport all the local media was waiting there to greet him.

Mayor Horace G. Shipp of Texarkana, Arkansas presents Kevin with a Proclamation declaring " Kevin Saunders Day".


Kevin raises his hands in victory along with his Texarkana, TX police escort as our goal is to win the war on obesity one community at a time"


Kevin Saunders pictured doing an interview with Channel 3 ABC KTBS Texarkana Kevin talks about how important proper education for our nation’s youth, parents, teachers and all Americans.

Mayor Will Wynn of Austin, TX presenting Kevin with a Proclamation declaring "Kevin Saunders Day"!


Mayor Wynn and Kevin Saunders while the Mayor tells Kevin about his Austin in Motion [com] initiative to help the students in Austin get fit.  Mayor Wynn pictured as he reads the Proclamation declaring "Kevin Saunders Day" in Austin TX For all the work he has done to with the “BIG PUSH for fitness to help make America & Austin fit.


Kevin Saunders after meeting with Governor Perry and his staff to give a presentation the "Health & Fitness Summit" is pictured here in front of the Texas State Capitol.


Kevin Saunders pictured here pushing his way to San Antonio for a meeting with the Mayor Garza and his staff. Mayor Garza and his staff presented Kevin a Proclamation declaring "Kevin Saunders Day" in San Antonio after his "Health & Fitness Summit" presentation.


Here is Kevin pictured near the Alamo where the media decided to hold the press interviews.

Mayor Steed Smith presented Kevin with a Proclamation declaring " Kevin Saunders Day" in Huntsville, TX.


Pictured above is Kevin Saunders with the Huntsville, TX Mayor receiving a proclamation after his Health & Fitness presentation to the Mayor, city officials and leaders.

Mayor Tommy Metcalf of Conroe, Texas Presents Kevin with a Proclamation declaring Monday August 23rd Kevin Saunders Day.

Mayor Murray Moore of Longview, Texas presents Kevin with a Proclamation declaring "Kevin Saunders Health and Fitness Tour of America day".


After Kevin Saunders Health & Fitness presentation, Kevin is pictured with the Mayor of Longview, TX when he presents Kevin with a Proclamation declaring "Kevin Saunders Day!" in Longview, TX.  Kevin Saunders also presents Mayor Moore with a declaration for Fitness and excepting Kevin's challenge to help improve the quality of fitness in his community from the schools, parents, teachers, workforce and all Longview residents living in and out of the city. Kevin gives Mayor Moore of Longview TX a copy of his book There's Always a Way to help remind him Never Give Up on cities- schools, communities & people of Longview, Texas.

Mayor Betty Flores of Laredo, Texas presents Kevin Saunders with a Key to the City and a proclamation of certificate of recognition for his work for work with education for fitness & nutrition.


Kevin pushed on the road with his friend Rudy Sanchez into Laredo.

Mayor Joey Seeber or Tyler, Texas declares Kevin Saunders Health and Fitness Tour of America Day and presents him with a Proclamation declaring "Kevin Saunders Day" in Tyler, Texas.


Kevin Saunders pictured here in the front of the Tyler City Council building with Mayor Joey Seeber after finishing his "Health & Fitness Summit" Kevin shared his books tools & resources to help improve education in schools and communities to help win the obesity & out of shape challenges to Tyler, Texas communities for the years to come.

 

Cape Girardeau, Missouri – Kevin Saunders pushes over the Mississippi bridge to meet with city leaders.


Mayor Kundtson presents Kevin with a Proclamation declared "Kevin Saunders Day" on behalf of his work for education for fitness.

 

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SCHOOLS

Allen County School kids June 22, 2004

Kevin spoke to the Allen County elementary summer school students about the importance of education when it comes to getting active and making better choices for balanced meals or healthy snacks. Getting involved to help make healthier and fitness initiatives available to more people of all ages in their school and community.

 

Roosevelt High School July 8th 2004

9 AM spoke to the approximately 700 summer school students. We met Roosevelt Principal Mrs. Shead. I spoke to inspire and motivate the summer school students at Roosevelt High. I wanted to leave them with four important points:

1. To never give up when it comes starting and then sticking to a fitness regimen and making better choices for the foods you chose to eat and teak it so it fits your particular needs. Once you get into a routine until it becomes a habit for a lifetime.

2. It's not what happens to you that matters, it's how you choose to respond to what happens that is important. No matter what challenges you have set goals that can lead to helping you be more fit and lean by making better healthier choices  for what you eat and how much.

3. The only failures are the ones who don't learn from their mistakes.

4. Greatness and information of people who are fit is all around you. Don't be afraid to ask for help from someone who is successful at something that you want to do.

I presented an autographed copy of my book to the school's library.

The students were really great to talk to and were very interested in hearing about the tour and what where interested in what not only they could do to make better choices, but also how they could help their school and community to get fit.

 

Beaumont High School.

I spoke the students at Beaumont High School in St. Louis, MO who also had a great interest my presentation. After the presentation in the Q & A session they also had many questions about getting or staying fit.

The Principal Travis Brown Sr. gave Dora, Andy, and I all a T-Shirts after my presentation which had the most popular quote from Principal Brown: “Not at Beaumont.” While at Beaumont we also met Assistant Principal Katrice Noble who re-emphasized the points that I had made to the students. I presented a copy of my book to the school library as well as a copy of my comic book with the 1st action wheelchair hero showing anything is possible.

 


Lyndon B. Johnson High School

“Buena Vida” (Good Life) – That was the focus of my talk to the students today.

When I arrived at LBJ High School, some school officials including the principal, Mr. Oscar Perez and his assistant Paul were there waiting for me. The media was also waiting and were excited about covering the event.

The principal, Oscar Perez, told me that LBJ was a brand new high school, and that this was their very first year to be in the new building. He told me that there was an extremely big challenge for him and the rest of the teachers to keep kids interested not only in school, but also in the importance of exercise and proper nutrition in the 21st century.

I told Mr. Perez that I was really honored that he'd wanted to have me come to speak to his school, and that I would definitely focus my efforts to talk to the kids about the importance of education and how it is the foundation to our accomplishments in life. I told him that I would also relate the purpose of why I was pushing across America: to inspire and motivate his students to get or stay fit and how that is a lifestyle we can adopt for a lifetime.

Also how not being fit, getting out of shape and overweight by making bad choices for what we eat or by not choosing to stay active by making the right activities choices that best fit our individual needs. It can not only be bad for each student that doesn’t work on improving their fitness activities, eating habits and help with the schools and community “Buena Vista” [Good Life] programs. It is also currently a great economic strain that obesity and unhealthy living is costing our healthcare system in America well over a 100 billion dollars a year in related diseases.

I did a few quick television interviews before I went to speak to the students. I told the media that my purpose at LBJ was to help motivate the students to stay in school, get an education, and to help them understand the importance of proper fitness activities and nutrition for their needs. Not only is our health declining as Americans, but also our healthcare system is in danger.

I told the students what an honor it was to be able to speak to them as I ended the “Big Push” – the prelude for the “Fitness 4 All 50 State Tour” [a 501-c-3 nonprofit corporation] that totaled over 2,500 miles in all to Laredo, TX. I told them about how I had crossed the Mexican border earlier that day and about how I had met with their mayor, Betty Flores and how I had received a key to the city. I told them about how she had shared with me her fitness initiative for the city of Laredo, entitled: “Buena Vida” [The Good Life]. Mayor Flores and the other city officials want the community to know that the good life involves staying active, exercising, and eating right. The Buena Vida Program works to prevent and/or reduce chronic diseases through early identification, education, counseling, and referral of diabetic, hypertensive and cancer screening. The program provides a health awareness screening for the community.

I presented an autographed copy of my book to the school's library.

The students were really a great audience and very receptive to what I had to say. Many of the students came up to me after I spoke and were very interested in learning more about the right foods to eat and fitness activities that may work for them. I gave a lot of autographs, and shook the students' hands. The teachers thanked me for coming by. Coach Gonzalez the basketball coach gave Dora and I both T-shirts from the LBJ basketball team.

 

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MEDIA

Indianapolis, IN

Ex-wheelchair Racer Takes Spin for Fitness Kevin Saunders propelled his wheelchair 48 miles from Newcastle into Indianapolis on Wednesday, part of his 2,000 mile journey. Saunders, a former athlete in the Paralympics, wants to spread a message about the importance of fitness in America...read more in The Indianapolis Star!

Crawfordsville, IN

Crawfordsville was spotlighted Tuesday afternoon by a 48-year-old man pushing his wheelchair from Canada to Mexico... Click here to view the news clipping.

Portland, IN

Kevin Saunders an Olympic medalist from Kansas, stopped by Portland City Hall on Wednesday to present Mayor Bruce Hosier with a plaque... Click here to view the news clipping.

Lebanon, IN

Kevin Saunders, former world champion and three-time Paralympic athlete, pushed his way through Lebanon Monday afternoon, as part of a public awareness tour call "The Big Push"... Click here to view the news clipping.

Fort Wayne, IN

Wheeling to Fight Flabbiness - Ex-Paralympics Athlete gives tips on better health... Click here to view the news clipping.

Montgommery County, IL

Health and Fitness Tour calls Attention for our need to Shape up... Click here to view the news clipping.

Randolph County, IL

One Man, One Mission, On Push Across America... Click here to view the news clipping.

Columbia , IL

Kevin Saunders, a former world champion and Paralympics athlete, is pushing his wheelchair from Canada to Mexico to draw attention to the need for communities througout our nation to focus on lifelong health... Click here to view the news clipping.

Monroe, MI

On a Trek to get America Fit! Click here to view the news clipping.

Dexter, MO

On his trek from Detroit Michigan, to southern Texas, Kevin Saunders, a former world champion and Paralympic wheelchair athlete, detoured briefly in downtown Dexter Wednesday afternoon... Click here to view the news clipping.

Kennett, MO

There's always a way - Kevin Saunders in Kennett, MO... Click here to view the news clipping .

Cape Girardeau, MO

Kevin Saunders visit to Cape Girardeau on Tuesday gave city officials an opportunity to grow a little bit... Click here to view the news clipping.

Jacksonville, AR

America's need for heros does not stop short with Arkansas. Last weekend, Arkansas welcomed a true hero to inspire all... Click here to view the news clipping.

Benton, AR

A three-time Paralympic wheelchair athlete rolled into Benton on Thursday as part of his "Journey of a Lifetime"... Click here to view the news clipping.

Malvern, AR

A mighty big puch across America - In hopes of drawing attention to the need of lifelong health and fitness... Click here to view the news clipping .

Shreveport, LA

Paraplegic Athlete promotes fitness, healthawareness... Click here to view the news clipping.

San Antonio, TX

A wheelchair-bound athlete is in San Antonio this weekend preparing for the last portion of a 2,000 mile journey from Detroit to Laredo... Click here to view the news clipping.

Athens, TX

There was an Olympian in Athens Tuesday. Athens Texas... Click here to view the news clipping.

Huntsville, TX

A trip from Detroit to Huntsville by airplane will likely take you three hours. By train, it takes about 35 hours. And by car, the trip is at least 20 hours long. But when Kevin Saunders came into Huntsville on Thursday, it had taken several weeks... Click here to view the news clipping .

Tyler, TX

Wheelchair athlete Kevin Saunders autographs his book "There's always a Way" for Tyler Mayor Joyce Armstrong Scurry... Click here to view the news clipping .

Longview, TX

Former paralimpian athlete Kevin Saunders pushed his wheelchair from Shreveport to Longview to meet with MayorMurray Moore on Friday afternoon... Click here to view the news clipping .

Palestine TX

Paralympic wheelchair athlete Kevin Saunders and his wife Dora, make a stop in Palestine Wednesday as part of a tour to help spread his message on physical fitness... Click here to view the news clipping.

Texarkana, TX

Kevin Saunders is on a journey. His mode of transportation, a wheelchair. His fuel, a strong desire to draw attention to the nation's need for lifelong health and fitness for all people...Click here to view the news clipping.

Corpus Christi, TX

Kevin Saunders, a former Corpus Christi resident and three-time Olympic wheelchair athelete, powers his wheelchair 10.4 miles along Ocean Drive and other streets Tuesday to highlight his Health and Fitness Tour of Amercia, sponsored by HEST Fitness Products in an effort to battle the spread of obesity.... read press coverage in Corpus Christi Caller Times.

Laredo, TX

When Kevin Saunders arrives in Laredo today, his journey by wheelchair from the Canadian border will be complete, but his mission of raising health and fitness awareness remains unfinished... Click here and here to view the news clipping.

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