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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova becomes Fitness Ambassador for AARP


Dylan Vox | January 10, 2008

Martina Navratilova
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is no stranger to community activism, but this year, as she turns 51, she has set her sights on helping the older generation. Early last month the nine time Wimbledon Champion was assigned a position as health and fitness ambassador for the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons).

Founded in 1958, the AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people over 50, which is dedicated to enhancing quality of life and leading positive social change through information, advocacy and service.

With over 38 million members, it is one of the largest and most powerful lobbying organizations in the country focusing on healthcare, retirement plans, and age discrimination.

In an effort to show diversity and unity of the group, the organization promotes outspoken leaders of the community to act as representatives of its members.

Since coming out in 1981, Navratilova has been a strong leader within the gay community and has helped with equal rights organizations and the advancement of gays and women in sports.

On their website, the AARP announced that they will begin offering �health tips and exercise routines that Navratilova will help formulate.� In a press release they also stated that the tennis star would be participating and speaking at various AARP events throughout the coming year.

"I think we have a tendency to look for quick fixes and easy solutions to leading healthy, active lifestyles, and my goal is to let my generation know that though staying fit takes work, it's just as important now – if not more – than ever before," Navratilova explainedto the Advocate about her new position.

For more information about the program visit: AARPfitness.com. – Issued by Gay Link Content


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