Sidney Green, Shea Vaughn and Andrea Metcalf Among Featured Guests for the ThYck Troupe’s June 8th Fitness FUSION Marathon & Wellness Expo

Chicago Based Non Profit Organization Hosts Ground-Breaking Fitness Event, Including a Full Day of Fitness Demos, Informative Workshops, Celebrity Speakers and Health & Wellness Exhibitors. Presented at Columbia College Chicago and Made Possible by a Grant from Today’s Chicago Woman.

Chicago, IL, May 15, 2013 --( They may be a performance troupe for women with “curves", but the ThYck Troupe Organization is passionate about encouraging healthy living and regular exercise as a way of life. And, they aren’t just preaching it, they practice it. Their collective weight loss efforts certainly prove that point.

In an effort to engage Chicago area communities, the ThYck Troupe Organization, a 501c(3) performing arts company, has launched its “ThYck and Fit™” program, organizing exercise activities, wellness workshops, health screenings and advocating for the prevention of childhood obesity.

Tressa Thomas, Founder and Artistic Director of the ThYck Troupe Organization, states: “Our hope is that our Fitness FUSION Marathon and Wellness Expo will encourage people of all ages, sizes and ethnicities to make better choices regarding their health. As an organization, many of our company members have shed excess pounds over the past year. Now we're reaching out to surrounding communities to share our successes, and help others reach their own."

The expo, presented at Columbia College Chicago on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 8:30am to 4:00pm, will feature a diverse line-up of fitness demonstrations, informative workshops and health & wellness exhibitors. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Action For Healthy Kids®.

"We are a proud partner with the Fitness FUSION Marathon and Wellness Expo, to educate families and children as part of our mission to address childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity,” states Hannah Laughlin, Illinois State Coordinator for Action For Healthy Kids®. “It takes a legion of dedicated volunteers -- teachers, students, moms, dads and school wellness experts – to end the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic.”

Workshop speakers and special guests include Chicago Bulls® Team Ambassador Sidney Green, celebrity fitness expert and best-selling author Andrea Metcalf, Shea Vaughn, founder of Sheanetics® and Chicago’s “Healthy Initiative” Program and Amour Genesis, host of the show “The Glamourous Life” and spokesmodel for the She's In Color campaign, a movement for women from all walks of life to embrace their individuality and purpose.

"I'm excited to be part of this event,” states Andrea Metcalf. "Everyone needs a little push to get moving and it's not about a number, but about feeling good in your own skin."

The ThYck Troupe Organization has received noteworthy support in launching their initiative, including grants from the IBM Corporation and Today’s Chicago Woman, and sponsorship from Talent Forum, Now You Know Events, Andrean Dream, North Chicago’s Community Days, Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery, Full-Figured Magazine and Crunchmaster®.

"It is such an honor to present SheaNetics®, the newest and most exciting full body workout to hit the fitness industry, at this amazing event,” remarks Shea Vaughn, author of Breakthrough: The 5 Living Principles to Defeat Stress, Look Great, and Find Total Well-Being. “Each attendee will learn how they can bring wellness into their everyday lives.”

Tickets for the 2013 Fitness FUSION Marathon and Wellness Expo can be purchased by visiting

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About ThYck Troupe Organization, NFP
ThYck Troupe™ is a 501(c)3, performing arts company based in Chicago, IL where “full-figured" women can not only pursue modeling careers, but partake in expanded training and development courses, health & wellness workshops, confidence-building seminars and talent showcases for the general public in a variety of venues across the country. The ThYck Troupe™ has been awarded grants from the IBM Corporation and Today’s Chicago Woman, and has received political endorsements from Illinois Representative Rita Mayfield, Secretary of State Jesse White and State Governor, Pat Quinn. Recent troupe member performances include The Steve Harvey Show, Barbra Streisand at the United Center and collaborations with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP). — Read more:

About Action for Healthy Kids®
Action for Healthy Kids® fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kidscan live healthier lives. We partner with a legion of dedicated volunteers -- teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more -- from within the ranks of our 50,000+ network to create healthful school changes. Grassroots efforts are supported by a collaboration of more than 70 organizations, corporations and government agencies. Working together, they give kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them where they are -- in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground -- with fun physical activity and nutrition lessons and changes that make it possible for them to eat nutritiously and play actively every day. Read more:

About Sidney Green
Green was the fifth pick in the 1983 NBA Draft, where he was chosen by the Chicago Bulls® to play power forward and played alongside basketball super star Michael Jordan. The Chicago Bulls® transitioned Green to Team Ambassador, after serving as a scout and Player Development Assistant for the Bulls’ Basketball Operations Department. Green now serves as a goodwill ambassador and represents the organization at various community functions, speaking engagements, school activities, non-profit and youth group appearances, as well as other select civic events. He is a staple at Bulls games and appears at a variety of sponsor and team-related affairs. In 1989, Green received the NBA National Spirit of Love Award, given to the NBA player who has contributed significant time and energy to the community. Green’s jersey was retired by the UNLV basketball team, and he was inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame in 1994. Green shares his role as Team Ambassador with former Bulls great Scottie Pippen.

About Andrea Metcalf
Andrea Metcalf is a celebrity fitness expert and healthy lifestyle spokesperson. With almost thirty years of teaching, training and inspiring people, she helps people make small changes for big results. With over a dozen appearances on the NBC Today Show, GMA Health and Better TV, she has a bestselling book, Naked Fitness (Vanguard Press) which helps people strip away the excuses to feel good in their own skin. She has several blogging contributions including,,, and many others. Read more:

About Shea Vaughn
Shea Vaughn is a national wellness and fitness expert, master trainer and presenter, author and a recognized spokeswoman for helping others create individual and business well-being. Shea is also the founder of SheaNetics®, a doctor endorsed revolutionary lifestyle practice. Combining wellness and exercise, SheaNetics® provides a powerful mind-body experience that allows you to feel great and live well. Ms. Vaughn is the visionary behind “Healthy Initiative”, a new philanthropic effort to raise awareness and wage war against obesity. She is also a frequent wellness commentator for TV, radio, and print media and corporate events; has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Marilyn Denis Show and is a regularly featured health and fitness expert on Chicago’s Windy City LIVE and The Best Ever You Network. Read more:

About Genesis A. Emery (Amour Genesis)
A graduate of Loyola University, Genesis A. Emery is quickly becoming one of Chicago's hottest "It Girls!" She hosts and produces her own show, "The Glamorous Life," interviewing some of Chicago's biggest fashion and beauty powerhouses, such as fashion designer, Borris Powell; Omar Villalobos and Gordana Rasic of Goca Designs and celebrities such as actress, Kim Coles; Destiny’s Child singer, Michelle Williams; NBA Star, Dwayne Wade and actress, Tika Sumpter. The Amour Genesis brand caters to women of all different ages, ethnic groups, physical appearances, social backgrounds and sexual orientations and has a passion for inspiring teen girls to pursue their dreams and reach for endless heights. Read more:
ThYck Troupe Organization, NFP
Davinia Gordon