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Brach, Wright help students stay fit

O's pitchers drop in for last day of Health and Fitness Challenge
MLB.com @Britt_Ghiroli

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles pitchers Brad Brach and Mike Wright visited Sarasota Middle School on Friday afternoon to commemorate the end of the six-week Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge.

The program, designed to encourage healthy lifestyles for middle schoolers, included approximately 4,000 students from nine schools who were taught the importance of physical fitness, good nutrition and drug-free living.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles pitchers Brad Brach and Mike Wright visited Sarasota Middle School on Friday afternoon to commemorate the end of the six-week Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge.

The program, designed to encourage healthy lifestyles for middle schoolers, included approximately 4,000 students from nine schools who were taught the importance of physical fitness, good nutrition and drug-free living.

Orioles in the community

During the initiative, students participated in a variety of health and fitness challenges along with a healthy eating goal. Each week, the students received Orioles-themed prizes for completing their goals, and Wright and Brach were on hand for Friday's final challenge, which included crunches, push-ups and a one-mile run.

Students who completed the six-week program received two complimentary tickets to an Orioles Spring Training game and vouchers for a healthy snack at the new Orioles Fit Grill, a healthy-food stand at Ed Smith Stadium.

The Health & Fitness Challenge is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub's engagement with the Greater Sarasota community.

Whether hosting youth activities, participating in charitable causes, or partnering in efforts to boost the local economy, the Orioles are active in the region throughout the entire year, proving that their commitment to the club's spring home goes far beyond baseball.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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