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In the News: Dominique Dawes

June 25, 2010, 10:58 a.m. (ET)

Three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes was sworn in as co-chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition on June 23.  This is the first year that the Council’s focus has been expanded to include nutrition as well as living an active life.  Dawes will be co-chairing the council with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

In a post on the White House’s website, Dawes explained the Council’s new focus, stating that “we have a new charge that not only focuses on getting Americans active, but also promotes the collective responsibility, accountability and health benefits of good nutrition.”  In the post, Dawes also challenged Americans to make active and healthy choices, such as choosing to play outside over playing video games.

Dawes is a member of the 2000 Sydney Olympic gymnastics team that, due to an age disqualification by the Chinese team, will be receiving bronze medals on August 11 in Hartford, Conn.  She also won gold and bronze medals as part of the “Magnificent Seven” at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and a bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.  Since retiring from gymnastics, she has devoted her time to educating youth on the importance of physical and mental wellness.

For more information on the President's council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, visit fitness.gov.