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About Your Coaches

Your physical activity coaches are members of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and are here to help make physical fitness and healthy eating an everyday part of life for you and your family. Learn more about the President's Council.

Meet Your Coaches

CORNELL MCLELLAN - personal trainer to the First Family and your daily Challenge coach - is the owner of Naturally Fit, a training and wellness facility in Chicago. As a former coach for kids' basketball and football, Cornell will help your family embrace a healthy lifestyle through regular physical activity and good nutrition. Cornell is on a mission to illustrate how a holistic approach to fitness can enhance the mind, strengthen the body, and nurture the spirit. Learn more about Cornell.

SAM KASS serves as Assistant Chef and the Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives at the White House. In this role, he works with First Lady Michelle Obama on her Let’s Move! initiative to reverse childhood obesity within a generation and was part of the team that created the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt. A Chicago native and college athlete, Sam played baseball for the University of Chicago. Learn more about Sam.

DREW BREES - PCFSN Co-chair - is the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and was named Super Bowl XLIV MVP. Together with his wife Brittany, Drew founded the Brees Dream Foundation in 2003 and has raised and committed over $6 million to help advance cancer research, care for cancer patients, and help rebuild schools, parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields. Learn more about Drew.

DOMINIQUE DAWES, PCFSN Co-chair and a three-time Olympian with the U.S. gymnastics team, was a member of the winning "Magnificent Seven" at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Today, Dominique is a gymnastics coach and motivational speaker focusing on passion, leadership, teamwork, health, fitness and wellness. Learn more about Dominique.

ALLYSON FELIX is a record-setting track and field sprinter. As a member of the U.S. women’s 4 x 100 meter relay team, Allyson won an Olympic gold medal and set a world record at the London 2012 games. She also became the first U.S. woman since 1988 to win three Olympic gold medals during the same games in track. Learn more about Allyson.

GRANT HILL is a seven-time NBA All-Star, plays for the Los Angeles Clippers and is the only 3-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award. Hill was also a member of the Dream Team that won gold at the 1996 Olympic Games. Off the court, Hill supports a myriad of community programs through the Tamia and Grant Hill Foundation. Learn more about Grant

MICHELLE KWAN - the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history - has won 43 titles, including five World Championships and two Olympic medals. In 2006, she became the first U.S. Public Diplomacy Envoy. In 2010, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International. Learn more about Michelle. Learn more about Michelle.

Participant Spotlight

SURGEON GENERAL REGINA BENJAMIN, MD, MBA – “America’s Doctor” – is taking the Challenge with you! Check in every week as she reports on her successes (and hurdles) to live a healthier lifestyle by following the daily fitness and nutrition tips from Cornell and our other coaches. As Surgeon General, Dr. Benjamin serves as chair of the National Prevention Council, which brings 17 federal agencies together with the goal of increasing the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. Learn more about Dr. Benjamin
 

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