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Get informed — and get fit

The Utah Jazz make it look easy. They execute a play, pop the ball in the basket and hurry back on defense — hundreds of times a night. What fans don't see are the countless hours the Jazz spend fine-tuning their bodies and their game during practice, and any number of conditioning routines and nutritional regiments that the players employ both during and after the season.

Tonight, Deseret News subscribers will get a taste of their commitment to wellness as the Deseret News' Newspapers in Education Department presents a special section titled, "Utah Jazz: Real Health, Real Strength, Real Fitness." The section, written by NIE educational services coordinator Sherry Madsen and designed by Deseret News artist Lou Ann Heller, provides practical but fun tips on nutrition and fitness from wellness authorities and members of the Utah Jazz organization. This is the third consecutive year the special section was produced in cooperation with the Utah Jazz.

Some 54,000 copies of this special section will be delivered to 2,200 teachers in every school district statewide for educators' use on "No Books Day," Tuesday, March 4. Now in its 22nd year, "No Books Day" encourages teachers to use the Deseret News (instead of textbooks) to teach the day's lessons. This activity helps teachers connect textbook lessons to the real world while at the same time showing them, and their students, how much a newspaper has to offer.

The Deseret News' hope is that "No Books Day" will help school-age children develop an appreciation for newspapers. Another goal, of course, is to turn students into regular newspaper readers.

Students who regularly read newspapers have a better chance of succeeding once they finish their education than those who don't. Newspapers provide a broad spectrum of information to keep readers abreast of current events and issues that impact their lives.

Once again, the Deseret News is proud to play a part in helping the youths of Utah develop an interest in newspapers. The more knowledge young people can gain from newspapers about the current state of the world, the better off they and the world will be.