- Fitness Zone: Miami, Florida


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Mike Gloekler, 423-­‐238-­‐7111, Ext. 22440        mike.gloekler@mckee.com

For Immediate Release: March 11, 2016

Fun, accessible, social fitness environment to improve public health, well being

Collegedale,  TN;  Miami,  FL  –  McKee  Foods  announces  their  partnership  with  The  Trust  for Public Lands and has committed resources to help bring several Fitness Zones® to life. The Trust for Public Land’s Fitness Zone® program establishes areas around Miami-­‐Dade County that give residents  access  to sturdy,  weather-­‐resistant  cardiovascular  and  weight-­‐training  machines.  On Saturday,  March  12,  the  Fitness  Zone®  in  Lake  Stevens  Park  will  be  publicly  dedicated  at 11:00AM.

In regards to the Fitness Zone® areas, Chris McKee, executive vice president of marketing and sales for McKee Foods, states, “Enjoy snacks, even ours, in moderation. But, when it comes to being  active  outside,  we  suggest  immoderation.  McKee  Foods  applauds  this  provision  of  fun,  accessible, social fitness environments that empower people to get out, get active and improve their overall health and sense of well-­‐being.”

“Research shows that parks—and The Trust for Public Land’s Fitness Zone® areas in particular—directly improve our health and wellness. Installing free outdoor fitness equipment in neighborhoods where gym memberships are too pricey to be practical empowers communities in  the  fight  against  obesity,”  said  Brenda  McClymonds,  The  Trust  for  Public  Land’s  senior  program director.

People  interested  in  learning  more  about  the  movement  can  visit OutdoorHappinessMovement.com  to  hear  about  upcoming  projects  across  the  US.  Visitors  to the site can also make a pledge to go outside, have fun and find what makes them happy. For each  person  who  takes  the  pledge,  McKee  Foods  will  donate  additional  funds  above  the  $1 million goal.

McKee Foods is committed to helping communities across the country enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle by partnering with organizations that make public greenways, trails and parks available. We  believe  that  these  green  spaces  provide  opportunities  for  outdoor  activity  that  ultimately  lead to a fun and active lifestyle. McKee Foods, owned and operated by the McKee family, has committed to donate more than $1 million dollars over a five-­‐year period in an initiative called the  “Outdoor  Happiness  (OH!)  Movement”.  The  OH!  Movement  represents  a  long-­‐standing tradition in the McKee family in that since 2009, they have already given more than $2.8 Million to  support  the  creation  and  preservation  of  parks,  greenways  and  other  outdoor  spaces.  For  more information, or to join McKee Foods in its mission to get the country outside, please visit OutdoorHappinessMovement.com.

About McKee Foods:
McKee  Foods,  a  family  bakery  with  annual  sales  of  about  $1.4  billion,  is  a  privately  held  company based in Collegedale, Tenn. The McKee Foods story began during the height of the Great Depression when founder O.D. McKee began selling 5-­‐cent snack cakes from the back of his car. Soon after, he and his wife, Ruth, bought a small, failing bakery, using the family car as collateral. Today, the company employs more than 6,000 people in Collegedale, Tenn.; Gentry, Ark.; Stuarts Draft, Va.; and Kingman, Ariz. It creates and produces Little Debbie® Snacks, Drake’s Cakes, Sunbelt Bakery® snacks and cereals, Heartland® and Fieldstone™ Bakery food products. Visit McKeeFoods.com for more information.

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