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Roberto Garza of the Chicago Bears Introduces PepsiCo S.M.A.R.T. Program in Chicago to Promote Active, Healthy Lifestyles; PepsiCo Partners With KaBOOM! To Build Smart Spot Playground in the Little Village Community.

CHICAGO -- Roberto Garza is kicking off the Chicago launch of the PepsiCo S.M.A.R.T. program today to promote active, healthy lifestyles by building a new Smart Spot playground at Grace Lutheran School in the Little Village Community, with the help of the Little Village Community Development Corporation. Under the leadership of KaBOOM!, a national non-profit that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America, the playground will be built at 4106 West 28th Street by 200 volunteers from PepsiCo's Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade and Frito-Lay divisions, Grace Lutheran and the local community. State Senator Martin Sandoval, State Representative Daniel Burke, Alderman Ricardo Munoz, Kathy Dickhut, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Zoning and Open Space, City of Chicago, and Matt Longjohn, Executive Director, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, also will participate in today's event.

Live S.M.A.R.T.

S.M.A.R.T. stands for five simple steps that encourage active living and better food choices:

--Start with a healthy breakfast

--Move more

--Add more fruits, vegetables and whole grains

--Remember to hydrate

--Try lower calorie or lower fat foods

"Staying healthy requires living an active lifestyle and making better nutritional choices, which is what we at PepsiCo are trying to demonstrate through our S.M.A.R.T. initiative," said Mitzi Short, Vice President Multicultural Marketing at PepsiCo. "This Smart Spot playground enables kids and their parents to move more, one of the basic principles of the S.M.A.R.T. life."

Designed to be easy-to-remember and easy-to-incorporate into daily life, the S.M.A.R.T. steps are based on research by James O. Hill, Ph.D., a developer of the National Weight Control Registry and co-founder of America On the Move. They address both sides of the energy balance equation: managing the calories consumed through food and the calories burned from physical activity.

"My wife and I always look for fun, easy ways to keep our family eating healthier and staying active, but it can be challenging," said Roberto Garza. "What I like about PepsiCo's S.M.A.R.T. steps is that they make a healthy lifestyle seem a lot more realistic and achievable for families."

"Healthy communities are made up of healthy kids. The playground will provide a safe place for children and families to play, and it will improve the overall wellness of the entire neighborhood," Carlo Giannotta, Principal, Grace Lutheran. "We want to thank PepsiCo and KaBOOM! for building the playground in our community so we can ensure our children stay physically active and establish healthy habits to last a lifetime."

The S.M.A.R.T. Lifestyle

The tenets of the S.M.A.R.T. lifestyle are based on Dr. Hill's research with America On the Move, which showed the people who were most successful in improving their health didn't make drastic changes. Instead, they did a few basic things that could be easily incorporated into their everyday lives. This conclusion was further supported by Dr. Hill's research with the National Weight Control Registry, which identified behaviors most successful in maintaining weight loss.

S.M.A.R.T. is a comprehensive lifestyle program with a number of components including an industry-leading, national advertising campaign that promotes healthy lifestyles beyond products, a free mini-magazine called "Everyday SMART Moves," and a comprehensive website in English and Spanish with tips, tools and resources at

PepsiCo is also helping people make better choices by putting the Smart Spot(TM) symbol on products that meet a nutritional criteria based on authoritative statements from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Academy of Sciences. The Smart Spot symbol appears on more than 250 PepsiCo products including Tropicana Pure Premium, Aquafina, Gatorade, Baked! Lays, Quaker Oatmeal and Diet Pepsi, among many others.

Find Smart Spot Playgrounds Across the Country

PepsiCo and KaBOOM! will build 12 playgrounds by the end of 2006. The playgrounds will be located in Washington, D.C.; Dallas; Phoenix; San Antonio; Chicago; Sacramento, Calif.; Little Rock, Ark.; Detroit; New York; Los Angeles and Miami.

"At KaBOOM!, we want to see a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America," said Darell Hammond, chief executive officer and co-founder of KaBOOM!. "PepsiCo is helping us realize this vision by building Smart Spot playgrounds in communities that want to move more, have fun and live healthier."

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo is one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, with 2005 annual revenues of more than $32 billion. Its principal businesses include Frito-Lay snacks, Pepsi-Cola beverages, Gatorade sports drinks, Tropicana juices and Quaker foods. Its portfolio includes 17 brands that each generates $1 billion or more in annual retail sales.

About KaBOOM!

Celebrating its ten year anniversary in 2006, KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Over the past decade, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct nearly 1,000 new playgrounds, skateparks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including a web portal and online community, regional and national trainings, grants and publications for communities that wish to plan a new playspace on their own. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago, Atlanta and San Mateo, CA. For more information, visit

About Grace Lutheran School

Founded in 1896, Grace Lutheran School offers a Christ-centered education to all children age three through grade eight; current enrollment is 90 students. A registered non-profit service organization, Grace Lutheran offers before and after school care to help working parents provide a safe, supervised environment for their children outside of regular school hours. Grace Lutheran graduates do well in high school and many former students have attended college. Graduates work in all areas of life, from politics to business, from entertainment to education.
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