In this video, figure skater Michelle Kwan shares her pledge for better health.
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Audra Lowe: There is nothing more inspiring than the Olympic games, so many amazing athletics, so many stories of hard work and dedication and that why we are asking women across the country to take a pledge for better health, even Olympic champions. Fitness expert Andre Metcalf has more from Boston. Andre Metcalf: Greetings from New England you are probably wondering what I am doing here on the ice, well Better has teamed up with GE Healthmagination for a special series called the Pledge for Better Health and my pledge is this year a new sport, hence the ice skates. I found the perfect instructor Michelle Kwan and she has a health pledge of her own and hopefully some tips for me for skating. Andre Metcalf: Hi Michelle, are you enjoying the Olympics? Michelle Kwan: I am, I love the Olympics it's the best time ever. Andre Metcalf: Well that's just an amazing experience, do you miss it? Michelle Kwan: I miss it, I was competing I missed representing United States and going out there and trying your hardest but I am in grad school right now, I am studying at the Fletcher School, Tufts getting my Masters in Arts, Law and Diplomacy, keeping myself really busy. Andre Metcalf: I'd say that's busy which brings us to the health pledge. Tell me a little bit about yours. Michelle Kwan: Well my pledge is to continue to eat healthy, continue to get enough rest, continue to exercise well I am in grad school, I do that when I was training for the Olympics but now to be able to do that while I am in grad school. Andre Metcalf: For those people who have made a pledge, what advices can you give? Michelle Kwan: I believe its important to make a pledge to yourself to know that eating healthy and exercising and getting enough rest is good for your health as you've got one shot in your life and you have to really take care of yourself. Everybody is precious. Andre Metcalf: That why we got to embrace that and feel good. Well now that you are not skating professionally what are doing to stand shape, gorgeous. Michelle Kwan: It's kind of funny to say but I love exercising. I love it because it just make me feel so good. When I'm having a stressful day if I do yoga it just makes me calm if I have a lot of energy I like to run. I like to lift weight; I just like to be active because it just makes me feel happy. Andre Metcalf: I love it too when speaking of new things I decided to like pickup some ice skates, any tips for me. Michelle Kwan: You are doing great, you know the ice is a little slippery, bend your knees and you really get the sense of the inside and outside edge and the most important thing have fun. Andre Metcalf: Well I'm having fun and it was such a blast thing on the ice with you, thank you so much. Michelle Kwan: Thank you. Andre Metcalf: I am skating with Michelle Kwan. Andre Metcalf: Thanks to Michelle Kwan, Olympian can do things to improve their health and so can you and I am going to stick to my pledge and have a lot more fun at skating. Audra Lowe: Good job keep it up Andre, and if Michelle Kwan can make a health pledge, there is no excuse for the rest of us I have to say so. Here is what you have to do, go to Fitnessmagazine.com/HealthPledge and make you own health pledge. You will also find tons of great information, courtesy of GE Healthmagination and don't forget to make your calendars because National Women's Health Week is May 9th. So between that and the Olympics there couldn't be a better time to make a health pledge right.