Westin Hotels & Resorts Concludes “Westin Weekend” Gifting Spree in Brooklyn with Rocco DiSpirito, Justin Tuck and LaTroy

  Westin Hotels & Resorts Concludes “Westin Weekend” Gifting Spree in Brooklyn
  with Rocco DiSpirito, Justin Tuck and LaTroy Hawkins

 Celebrity Chef and Star Athletes Team Up to Surprise A.C.E. High School with
                            $25,000 Fitness Studio

Business Wire

STAMFORD, Conn. -- April 23, 2013

Westin Hotels & Resorts concluded its month-long, star-studded “Make Monday
Better” gifting spree, this time targeting both the students and teachers of
the Academy for Conservation and the Environment in Canarsie, Brooklyn.
Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito and pro athletes Justin Tuck of the New York
Giants and LaTroy Hawkins of the New York Mets pitched in to present the
high-needs school with a newly renovated, $25,000 fitness studio. The
celebrity trio then surprised more than 30 teachers and faculty members with
Westin Weekend getaways.

NY Giants' Justin Tuck and NY Mets' LaTroy Hawkins offer students workout tips
in the new fitness st ...

NY Giants' Justin Tuck and NY Mets' LaTroy Hawkins offer students workout tips
in the new fitness studio donated by Westin Hotels and Life Fitness at A.C.E.
High School in Brooklyn, NY (Photo: Business Wire)

Westin partnered with HealthCorps, a not for profit organization co-founded by
Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa, and DiSpirito to speak to the importance of
health and wellness through nutrition, offering accessible eating tips to
inspire students to make healthier choices. Tuck and Hawkins arrived on the
scene to continue the message of wellness through exercise, unveiling the new
facility filled with equipment including a Life Fitness strength machine,
weight racks, benches, resistance bands and exercise balls. The athletes also
gifted the school’s teachers with Westin weekend vacations as a thank you to
their commitment to education.

The surprise gifting moment at A.C.E. High School completed the series of
three consecutive events designed to “Make Monday Better” for unsuspecting,
often unsung heroes, and to mark the global rollout of the brand’s new Westin
Weekend program. Earlier this month, actor Mark Consuelos dropped in on
hundreds of nurses at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and presented them
with Westin Weekend getaways, while actress Emmanuelle Chriqui teamed up with
Simmons Bedding Company to surprise LA County firefighters by outfitting an
outdated firehouse with the brand’s iconic Heavenly® Beds. Chriqui, who
arrived at FSA Camp 2 in La Cañada Flintridge in a Simmons® delivery truck,
surprised the volunteers with 29 Heavenly Beds, exclusively manufactured by
the bedding company.

Westin Hotels is tackling the Monday blues head-on with the introduction of a
new, dedicated weekend program that gives guests more flexibility and time to
make the most out of their weekend getaway. In addition to complimentary 3
p.m. late check-out on Sundays, Westin hotels are extending breakfast service
hours throughout the weekend. To set the stage for the new program all Westin
hotels will signal the weekend has arrived through a variety of subtle sensory
cues including changes in lighting, music and décor. Each guestroom will
feature the brand’s signature Heavenly Bed bathrobe placed on the bed
accompanied by a list of favorite local attractions to officially welcome
guests to their weekend.

For more information on Westin Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.westin.com,
Facebook or follow Westin on Twitter.

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps®, www.healthcorps.org, is a 501 (C) 3 co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz,
the world-renowned cardiac surgeon and two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning
host of the two time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show”, and his
wife, Lisa Oz, to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps® is
building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation.

HealthCorps® “Coordinators” carry out unique in-school and community
programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer-mentoring to deliver a
progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps®
Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character, and inspire an
interest in health and culinary arts careers. HealthCorps® also serves as a
unique research laboratory - exploring the complex, underlying causes of the
obesity crisis and discovering and communicating solutions. HealthCorps® is
bringing many initiatives together to address the "Whole Child" and activate
the students’ mind, body and spirit. As a result, HealthCorps® is transforming
the educational paradigm one school at a time. The program network spans 66
schools in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

In the fall of 2012, HealthCorps introduced HealthCorps University, a new
“train the trainer” professional development program that makes the
HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to virtually any school. By
2015, HealthCorps hopes to have a presence in 100 schools.

You can follow HealthCorps on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthcorps and on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthCorps.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect
of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services – like
the Heavenly Bed, delicious SuperFoods and WestinWORKOUT studio – have been
designed with the guests’ well-being in mind. Westin hotels,  with more than
190 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned by
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. one of the leading hotel and leisure
companies in the world with 1,134 properties in nearly 100 countries and
171,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully
integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences
with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury
Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton,
Aloft®, and ElementSM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading
loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and
redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout
dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier
provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and
privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit
www.starwoodhotels.com.

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