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Kiwis are being urged to turn up at Eden Park in their droves for the "World’s Biggest Boot Camp" at Eden Park on Sunday, February 24.

The free workout - to take place on the hallowed Eden Park turf and hosted by former celebrity boxer turned health campaigner David Letele - will feature a world record attempt for the most people performing a simultaneous frog squat.

"The world record attempt is a bit of fun but the most important thing is for people to get out there, get active and help spread the message that obesity and its negative health impacts can be overcome," said Letele, whose Buttabean Motivation movement (BBM) has over 11,000 active members.

Having once weighed over 200kg and been so big he struggled to fit in a single seat of a plane, the now 106kg Letele has dedicated his life to battling New Zealand’s obesity epidemic.

"I’m living proof that obesity can be overcome," Letele said. "At my largest I was really physically and mentally unwell. I hated my life and couldn’t see a way forward. But I’ve managed to turn things around and others can too.

"That’s what this event is about - spreading the message that obesity and its negative health consequences can be overcome. That starts with a step and I’m hoping some people will take that first step on February 24 at Eden Park."

Letele said he hoped a crowd of several thousand would descend on Eden Park for the event.

"This is a chance for people to really make a statement that Kiwis’ health is important. And it’s also a chance to have some fun doing it - not to mention set foot on a hallowed turf where some of the greatest moments in New Zealand sport have unfolded."

Eden Park Chief Executive Officer Nick Sautner says the stadium is committed to greater utilisation of the stadium and its facilities for the benefit of the local and wider community. The World’s Biggest Boot Camp is a good example of that.

"Throughout the past 116 years Eden Park has brought Kiwis together to enjoy experiences and witness some of our country’s most memorable sporting moments," Sautner said.

"New Zealand’s national stadium is proud to be a community facility and support fantastic initiatives like this one.

"We’re looking forward to welcoming crowds onto our historic ground and encouraging them to get active with their friends and families whilst challenging yet another world record at Eden Park!"

The event is being backed by a host of Kiwi sporting icons including former Blues captain Keven Mealamu, former Warriors captain Monty Betham and former Kiwis captain Ruben Wiki.

A non-profit event delivered by the Just Move Charitable Trust, the World’s Biggest Boot Camp is supported by Nutribullet, SKYCITY, thl and Eden Park.

"We’re really lucky and grateful to have that corporate support," Letele said. "There’s certainly a widespread understanding of the negative effect obesity is having on our Kiwi communities and it’s great that people are willing to do their bit to help battle what is a very serious epidemic.

"Hopefully get a great turnout."

About the World’s Biggest Boot Camp

Where: Eden Park

When: Sunday, February 24, gates open at 10.00am for an 11.00am start

Who: Up to 20,000 Kiwis on the Eden Park pitch

What: A free ‘boot camp’ exercise set to feature a world record attempt for most people performing a simultaneous frog squat.

How to be a part of it: Visit www.facebook.com/brownbuttabean/ click on the event page and confirm your attendance - or simply turn up on the day. It’s as easy as that.

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