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Team Gold's Gym Continues to Lead the National Fight Against Diabetes
Date:7/8/2009

DALLAS, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Gold's Gym, the world's leading authority on health and fitness, has continued its fight against obesity and the diabetes epidemic by once again supporting the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure. For the fifth year in a row, the company is the Tour de Cure's top national fundraiser and, along with its franchisees, employees, members and local communities, has raised more than $350,000.

Since Gold's Gym began its relationship with the American Diabetes Association in 2003, the company has raised more than $2.5 million for the Association in support of their mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

"The focus of our relationship with the ADA has always been on raising funds for diabetes research and promoting the importance of exercise in fighting the disease," said Lisa Zoellner, chief marketing officer, Gold's Gym. "The Tour de Cure has become a part of our culture and is something the entire Gold's Gym family has rallied behind. We are thrilled to have raised these much-needed funds for the American Diabetes Association and are proud to serve as a resource to help people affected by the disease manage it through fitness."

The American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure is a series of cycling events held in 40 states nationwide with proceeds benefiting the Association and its numerous programs designed to prevent, cure and manage diabetes.

Gold's Gym franchise owners, managers and employees assembled members from their local gyms and community to take part in the Tour de Cure events. With over 83 Gold's Gym teams and 2,000 riders participating in this year's events, the company had one of its strongest years to date. The top Gold's Gym fundraising teams across the country include:

  • Gold's Gym Capital District - $45,539.83
    • Team captain: Bill Lia
    • Location: Albany, NY

  • Gold's Fantastic Five - $34,445.16
    • Team captain: Kimberly Murphy
    • Location: Baltimore, MD

  • Gold's Gym Golden Flyers - $22,186.08
    • Team captain: Phillip Bruno
    • Location: St. Louis, MO

  • Gold's Gym Utah - $17,050.75
    • Team captain: Stan Swallow
    • Location: Salt Lake City, UT

  • Team Gold's-Hamburg - $13,551.00
    • Team captain: Dennis Witt
    • Location: Buffalo, NY

Considered one of today's largest health crises, diabetes currently affects nearly 24 million in the U.S. and another 57 million are at risk. Although, there is no cure for diabetes, increased physical activity and proper nutrition can help manage and reduce complications as well as prevent type 2 diabetes.

In addition to supporting the Tour de Cure, Gold's Gym has worked with the ADA to develop a variety of initiatives and resources that support the fight against diabetes. This includes a special guide on how to start an exercise routine, a web site (www.goldsgym.com/adafitness) that features tips on fighting diabetes with fitness and a special discounted gym membership for anyone affected by the disease. The two organizations are also planning a national "Spin-a-thon" this November in honor of National Diabetes Month.

About Gold's Gym

Established in Venice, Calif. in 1965, Gold's Gym is the largest full service gym chain in the world with over 675 locations in 43 states and 28 countries. Gold's Gym offers the latest equipment and services, including group exercise, personal training, cardiovascular equipment, group cycling, Pilates and yoga. With nearly 3.5 million members worldwide, Gold's Gym helps all kinds of people achieve their individual potential through fitness.


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