Speedway Joins the Battle Towards Healthier Lifestyles for Todays Youth

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Auto Club Speedway 500 Pedometer Program Debuts

Auto Club Speedway today announced the plans to launch a Auto Club Speedway 500 pedometer program in association with the County of San Bernardino and the Fitness Challenge Foundation in order to help create healthier lifestyles for youth in Southern California.

Based on data the Fitness Challenge Foundation has collected, 38-percent of California children ages nine to 11 are overweight or are at a risk of becoming overweight. Close to 74-percent of youth are unfit and only 40-percent of teens meet minimum daily requirements for physical fitness. The 2003 California Health Interview Survey reported that nearly 55-percent of adult Californians are overweight.

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The Auto Club Speedway 500 pedometer program is an initiative that challenges kids and adults alike to walk a total of 500,000 steps from now until December 31, 2006. The steps will be counted with the use of a custom-made Auto Club Speedway pedometer that can be purchased at the Speedway's display booth located in the Opportunity, California FanZone, near Gate 12. Dollars raised are invested in the implementation of the program.

The Auto Club Speedway 500 will kick off October 4 in conjunction with National Walk to School Month. The program is intended to encourage local participants to make physical activity a part of their daily lifestyle, and those participants that achieve the goal by the December 31 deadline will be eligible to receive prizes. The top participating elementary school will receive a School Garden Kit courtesy of the Western Growers Association.

For more information about Auto Club Speedway, log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com. For more information on, and/or opportunities in the County of San Bernardino, log on to www.sbcounty.gov. To get more information on the Fitness Challenge Foundation, log on to www.kidsfitnesschallenge.com.

The Auto Club Speedway welcomes back NASCAR this Labor Day weekend. Events such as the Grand National Division, Autozone West Series Relocate Here 200 presented by the County of San Bernardino, the Busch Series Ameriquest 300 and the NEXTEL Cup Series SONY HD 500 will all take to the West Coast's premier sports and entertainment venue for a full weekend of non-stop action. For ticket information, call 800-944-RACE [7223] or log on to www.racetickets.com.

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