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Jackie Joyner-Kersee Touts Better Fitness For Families

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee  on February 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for the USOC)

Jackie Joyner-Kersee on February 20, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for the USOC)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (KMOX)- East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee is teaming up with the world’s largest sports medicine and exercise science group to address the need for better health of families and communities.

The American College of Sports Medicine made the announcement at its annual meeting in Florida.

“It is critical that we continue to expand our efforts to engage families in understanding the importance of an active lifestyle and good nutrition,” said Joyner-Kersee. “By partnering with ACSM, we can accelerate our reach by taking this message to under-served communities nationwide.”

Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, Joyner-Kersee is one of the most decorated Olympians in history. Since her retirement, she has been a passionate advocate for healthy living in her hometown of East St. Louis. Working with public schools, community partners and corporate sponsors, Joyner-Kersee’s influence and hands-on work have made a positive difference in her hometown.

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