Health Providers, Athletes Team Up to Promote Healthier Lifestyles

INOVA HEALTH SYSTEM PARTNERS WITH WASHINGTON MYSTICS ON YOUTH OBESITY

WHO: Mark Stauder, COO, Inova Health System
Rod Williams, VP, Community Affairs, Inova Health System
Greg Bibb, COO, Washington Mystics
Darrell Green, former Washington Redskin and NFL Hall of Famer
Art Monk, former Washington Redskin and NFL Hall of Famer
Washington Mystics players: Alana Beard, Monique Currie, Crystal Langhorne, Chasity Melvin, Jacinta Monroe, Nakia Sanford, Katie Smith

WHAT: Inova Health System Washington Mystics Partnership Launch Event

WHEN: Monday, May 17
1 p.m.

WHERE: Inova Fairfax Hospital, atrium
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

Washington, D.C. – Inova Health System is announcing a formal partnership with the WNBA’s Washington Mystics at a press conference on Monday, May 17, at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The partnership, formed to address the growing issue of childhood obesity, was created to motivate children, teens and their families to live healthier, more active lifestyles.

“At Inova, we see it as our fundamental obligation to help the communities we serve live healthier, more fulfilling lives,” said Rod Williams, Vice President, Community Affairs, Inova Health System. “We’re taking the next step to help educate and motivate young people in the region by partnering with the Washington Mystics, a winning organization that advocates health, wellness, and strong community involvement.”

As part of the partnership, Mystics players will work with students at area schools, offer tips and tools for healthy eating and getting more exercise, and visit patients at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children.

“As the greater Washington, DC region’s professional women’s basketball team, we are committed to communicating the importance of a healthy lifestyle,” Mystics Chief Operating Officer Greg Bibb stated. “Through our relationship with Inova Health System and our partnership with their doctors, nurses, healthcare experts and tens of thousands of employees, we will be able to combine the resources of our two organizations to reach more people in a meaningful way in terms of educating individuals about living healthy. We are pleased to join Inova Health System for this important cause and excited about all of the possibilities surrounding the endeavor.”

The Washington Mystics will tip off the 2010 season with a back to back on Saturday, May 15 on the road against the Eastern Conference Champions, Indiana Fever followed by a match up on Sunday, May 16 at Minnesota Lynx. Washington will host the club’s home opener on Friday, May 21, against the New York Liberty. Season and group tickets for the 2010 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics web site at www.washingtonmystics.com.

About the Washington Mystics
The Washington Mystics organization is dedicated to providing affordable entertainment, serving as an impactful community partner and maintaining accessibility to positive female role models. Supported by passionate fans, the Mystics are elite, hardworking athletes continually striving to win a Championship.

About Inova Health System
Inova Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency- and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. Inova provides a healthy environment for its patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians by prohibiting tobacco use on its campuses.