Singing the Praises of Proper Fitness and Nutrition in the Music City!!

by / Wednesday, March 30, 2011 / Published in Fitnesss 4 All 50 State Tour

Kevin approching the TN border now headed for Memphis with a message of Health & Fitness for ALL

I think I’d like to be remembered as someone who beat the odds through just plain determination…that I persevered. Because I think that being somewhat of a pest to life, constantly plaguing and pursuing, will bring results.

Sylvester Stallone (1946-) American Actor

While being on the road for so long, Dora and myself have had to research tasty snacks that are quick and easy to eat while traveling. We know it is difficult to stay healthy all the time so we wanted to share some quick snacks with you that we found on the ADA’s website. The ADA is a great place to find information on proper nutrition. I would suggest you check it out. The snacks below are yummy and easy to prepare, not to mention low cost which is always a plus!

Tasty Snacks at 200 Calories or Less

This month is National Nutrition Month, we want to celebrate by choosing colorful and tasty snacks with 200 calories or less:

  • One 6-inch flour tortilla with ¼ cup black beans and 2 tablespoons fresh salsa
  • Three cups air-popped popcorn sprinkled with three tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • One tablespoon of peanut butter spread on slices of a medium apple
  • A colorful veggie snack with 6 baby carrots, 10 sugar snap peas or green pepper strips, 6 cherry tomatoes and 2 tablespoons reduced-fat ranch dressing for dipping
  • One cup of tomato soup with five whole-grain crackers
  • A toaster waffle topped with ½ cup blueberries and 2 tablespoons low-fat yogurt.


For videos, tips, games and other resources to help you eat healthfully this National Nutrition Month, visit Produced by ADA’s Strategic Communications Team

Even though National Nutrition Month is only the month of March but it really should be year round. Ask any body builder like Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “I don’t understand why people don’t treat the body like a temple. It is the vehicle that will get you through your life so feed it the best fuel.” Unlike a car, the more we use our body correctly over years, it runs better like a diesel RV.

Arnold, Kevin & Dora

Kevin’s Personal Journal

10:00 a.m. CST – The morning was spent running miscellaneous errands and getting ready to leave tomorrow.

Fox TV covers Kevin's BIG PUSH for Fitness & Nutrition through Memphis

2:30 p.m. CST – We departed the Baymont hotel and headed towards the Memphis City Hall. We arrived at City Hall just before our 3:30 p.m. meeting. However, after we arrived, we found out that the City Council meeting was running late so we had to wait a bit for the meeting to begin our Health and Fitness Summit presentation.

Kevin Saunders after his presentation of the Health & Fitness Summit- gets a round of applause from community members -citizens Mayor- city council -Memphis City Hall

Several council members, including Chairman Joe Brown, apologized for the delay. Chairman Brown called me to the podium where I presented my plan for the tour and challenged the City Council to work to start lasting health and fitness initiatives for all citizens to help promote proper fitness and nutrition. During the health and fitness summit presentation, I covered all of the points for why I was doing the ‘Big Push Across America’ as a prelude to the “Fitness 4 All 50 State Tour”. I told them that people could find out more information at

I presented Chairman Brown with a plaque and he thanked me for my efforts on the ‘Big Push’. The citizens in attendance gave me a round of applause and Chairman Brown presented me with a proclamation, a key to the city, and a pair of cuff links on behalf of the council and the City of Memphis. He also presented Dora with a pendant with the city emblem on it.

Kevin get presented a proclamation from the City of Memphis

I thanked the City Council for their time and great southern hospitality and told them that I looked forward to coming back and presenting them with an award for making Memphis one of the healthiest cities in America. This was an honor I was able to do because I was on the President’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports.

Kevin tells viewers about his plans to help the nation through proper fitness and nutrition

6:30 p.m. CST – We stopped for a quick, healthy dinner downtown and then headed back to the hotel. Some people may be wondering how I can still eat healthy foods while on the road. It is not as difficult as you might think. It is all about making smart choices and taking personal responsibility for your fitness activities and making healthy choices. Ask  anybody who is a body builder like my friend Roger Applewhite from Houston, Texas who has graced the cover of all the top fitness magazines. You’ve got to push away from the junk foods and empty calories. If you must eat fast food be selective about what you choose and don’t make fast food your lifestyle. Healthy alternatives are out there and you owe it to yourself to find them!  Providing this knowledge is one of the goals I hope to achieve with the ‘Big Push’. Look at the top of this blog for some quick and tasty snacks that are 200 calories and below!

Roger Applewhite on the cover of a fitness magazine

8:00 p.m. CST – Andy uploaded the pictures from today from his camera and resized them for email. We printed out the itinerary for the next day and caught up with the log. I like to be well prepared for the next day to make sure I am on the ball when I am speaking to the youth, teachers, parents, local community leaders and city and state officials about proper fitness and nutrition.

10:00 p.m. CST – We did some pre-packing for the trip to Stuttgart, AR tomorrow. We wrapped it up around midnight and went to bed.

Kevin Saunders is a noted author, champion wheelchair athlete, and motivational speaker and coach.

Keep Going for the GOLD! Never Give Up!
Kevin Saunders, motivational speaker
Kevin Saunders

Kevin Saunders is a World Champion Paralympian, motivational speaker, athlete (with multiple gold medals) and author. Kevin Saunders was the first person with a disability appointed to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness Sports (only 20 people are selected for this nationwide) by the President of the United States. Kevin Saunders was first chosen to be appointed to the prestigious Council by President George H.W. Bush and was the only person reappointed by to this Council by President Bill Clinton and he was reappointed again by President George W. Bush as a constituent expert to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. Learn more about Kevin’s story and accomplishments.