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Interview with Lisa Leslie

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Allergy season has struck and it has left us and our kids sneezing, with runny noses, itchy and watery eyes, and itchy nose or throat. We also spend a lot of time outdoors during this time so to encourage an active lifestyle during allergy season, NBA All-Star, Olympian, model and mom of two Lisa Leslie and Chattem, Inc., the makers of Allegra, have created the “Allegra Outdoor Challenge,” a series of fun and affordable workout tips to help inspire people to stay active outdoors during spring allergy season.

With at least 35 million people in the United States suffering from seasonal allergic rhinitis, often caused by triggers like pollen or ragweed. The pesky symptoms, such as sneezing and itchy, watery eyes can often sideline people from their favorite outdoor activities but Allegra aims to show people there’s no reason to suffer.

The “Allegra Outdoor Challenge” is designed to help families get active outdoors this spring and remind them that they can say farewell to disruptive allergy symptoms with fast (starts working at hour one), non-drowsy, 24-hour allergy relief from over-the-counter Allegra.

We also had the chance to interview Lisa to learn more about the challenge as well as about her life as an athlete and life as a mom.

Momtrends: What are some great workouts that families can do in their backyard?

Lisa Leslie: There are so many fun ways the family can exercise together ! We use items from around the house like pool noodles, cones and jump ropes to create a backyard obstacle course for relay races. My kids love helping to set up and thinking of different challenges for each other. We also use bean bags and empty toy bins to see who can make the most baskets in under a minute using a kitchen timer. We are a basketball family but if you don’t have a hoop at home, you can draw free-throw lines with sidewalk chalk and try some driveway drills. I try to recreate things that I would also do at the gym such as dips, squats and push-ups. Sometimes it’s just about doing something simple, whether it's laying down a towel or yoga mat to do some yoga poses or even playing a game of hopscotch.

Momtrends: What can parents who want to workout but have children that suffer from allergies?

Lisa: As an athlete and a mom, there’s nothing I enjoy more than getting outside to shoot hoops or run around with my kids, but when our allergy symptoms act up it can keep my whole family indoors, Like so many other busy families, we have a fully packed schedule so we don’t have time to let our allergy symptoms get in the way! I don’t let my seasonal allergies hold me back from the things I love to do like getting outside and playing with my kids, so I take Allegra as needed to help manage my allergy symptoms. My daughter has seasonal allergies and takes Children’s Liquid Allegra as directed to help relieve her allergy symptoms. For more information about Allegra parents can visit www.allegra.com.

Momtrends: Can you talk more about the Allegra Outdoor Challenge?

Lisa: The Allegra Outdoor Challenge is a series of fun and affordable workout tips to help show families that with allergy relief from Allegra, and a little creativity, their seasonal allergies don’t have to stop them from getting outdoors and having fun. You can visit Facebook.com/AllegraOTC, to find workout tips and photos of me detailing ways families can take the Allegra Outdoor Challenge and get active outdoors this spring. Driveway drills, yard-yoga and creative workouts on a jungle gym are all fun ways I motivate my own family to get outdoors, and I hope to inspire other families to do the same!

Momtrends: What are some projects that you have been working on since leaving the WNBA?

Lisa:One of my passions is the Lisa Leslie Basketball & Leadership Academy because I get to work with our youth every week. I am also a Co-Owner of the Los Angeles Sparks and we are kicking off a great season with our star players Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike just to name a few. I'm also loving working with American Federation for Children (AFC) and bringing awareness to school choice around the nation.

Allegra’s Facebook page will highlight photos and tips from Lisa Leslie detailing ways families can take the “Allegra Outdoor Challenge” and escape allergy madness this spring. For more information about the Allegra family of products, visit www.allegra.com.

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