Inside American Fitness on IPTV

Celebrity activist, daughter of a former Olympian & UN Ambassador and new Iowan Africa Yoon nee Engo to host television show.

Follow host Africa Yoon as she reveals the inspiring success stories behind some of America's most notable athletes and performers, and offers insights into the small adjustments anyone can make in their exercise and eating habits to help live a healthier lifestyle. Statewide Iowa Public Television will broadcast a season of Inside American Fitness starting in April. 

The series begins on Sunday, April 3 at 6:30 a.m. on IPTV. Episodes 1 and 2 premiered on IPTV in January. Episode 1, which features Iowa State University Cyclones basketball star Georges Niang, will air again Sunday, April 3 at 6:30 a.m. Ballerina Misty Copeland is featured on episode 2, which will return to IPTV Sunday, April 10 at 6:30 a.m.

Episode 3 finds a surprising success story in the unlikely girl who became a world class competitor in fencing. Learn how support from a community program helped U.S. Fencing Team Olympian, Nzingha Prescod, overcome the odds. Episode premieres Sunday, April 17 at 6:30 a.m.

Explore the mind of a champ-turned-coach and one of his most notable fighters in Episode 4. What does it take to get in the cage and become a champion? Find inspiration in the story of Pat Miletich and the girl champ he trains. This episode will air Sunday, April 24 at 6:30 a.m.

Episode 5 explores the world of biking with two-time Olympian, Jason McCartney. From shoe salesman to top-of-the-hill, hear McCartney’s unusual tale of how he became an Olympian. Tune in Sunday, May 1 at 6:30 a.m. for the final episode.

Yoon, formerly known as Africa Engo, is a world-renowned youth activist who came to wider prominence after she lost 110 pounds and ran from New York to Chicago, Italy to France and through parts of West and South Africa, raising awareness for various charities. Her blogs during her trip became an MTV documentary. Yoon has said her time running and connecting with people in the Midwest during her two month run to Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios in Chicago from the United Nations in New York inspired her to move her headquarters to southeast Iowa where she currently lives with her family.

Since beating her own personal battle with obesity, Yoon has made it her mission to educate and inspire Americans about health, food and fitness. “I used to spend my time fighting disease, and now I want to focus my energy on promoting health, because a healthy body is a disease’s worst nightmare. So now I promote life,” said Yoon.

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