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Free Back-to-School Heart Screenings for Austin-Area Student


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  • Free Back-to-School Heart Screenings for Austin-Area Student

    HEADLINE: Free Back-to-School Heart Screenings for Austin-Area Student-Athletes
    Make Sure Their Hearts Are Okay to Play

    DATELINE: AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 4, 2003


    Schlotzsky's Inc. (Nasdaq:BUNZ)

    Schlotzsky's(R) Deli continues its partnership with Austin Heart Foundation
    to provide free screenings for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) for
    student-athletes in Central Texas as they return to school. To date, more than
    1,000 screenings conducted through the program have resulted in over 20
    individuals being recommended for additional diagnostic testing to determine
    heart abnormalities.

    The 2003 Championship Hearts(tm) screening program hosts its next Healthy
    Heart Fest 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Heart Hospital of Austin
    at 38th Street and Lamar Boulevard. Free HCM screenings are provided for
    student-athletes on mobile echocardiogram machines, along with complimentary
    food, fun games and prize giveaways.

    Well-known sports figures such as University of Texas coaches Mack Brown,
    Rick Barnes, Beverley Kearney, as well as NFL star Herschel Walker, and Program
    Spokesperson Major Applewhite will remind student-athletes, and their parents,
    to "make sure their hearts are okay to play" through the Championship Hearts
    program and its free HCM screenings.

    Schlotzsky's and Coca-Cola(R) are underwriting the program through which boy
    and girl student-athletes in high-activity sports such as football, basketball
    and soccer can get free screenings for HCM. The genetic heart condition affects
    about 1 in 500 people and is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young

    "Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a silent killer," says Dr. George Rodgers, an
    Austin cardiologist and president of Austin Heart. "It does not impair physical
    ability and is hard to diagnose with a routine physical exam. However, it's easy
    to diagnose with a screening cardiac ultrasound. This is why the Championship
    Hearts screening program was developed."

    Individual HCM screenings can cost as much as $1,000 per student, and testing
    of student-athletes across Austin might cost as much as$1.5 million.

    Three mobile echocardiogram machines, purchased by Schlotzsky's(R) Deli in
    2001 (one of its 30th-anniversary gifts to the community), can be taken to sites
    across the state. Cardiologists from Austin Heart and Children's Cardiology
    Associates are volunteering their time to conduct the screenings. Each free
    screening takes about five minutes and is a non-invasive procedure.

    Dr. Rodgers continues, "We plan to take this program from regional to
    statewide this year with sponsorship from Schlotzsky's and the use of the mobile
    echocardiogram machines." For more information about free student-athlete heart
    screenings in Central Texas, call the Championship Hearts(tm) Hotline,
    512-206-3669, or visit www.austinheartfoundation.com.


    Schlotzsky's Inc., founded in Austin, Texas, in 1971, through its wholly
    owned subsidiaries, is a franchisor and operator of restaurants in the fast
    casual sector. Our current menu features upscale made-to-order hot sandwiches
    and pizzas served on our proprietary buns and crusts, wraps, chips, salads,
    soups, fresh baked cookies and other desserts and beverages. As of March 31,
    2003, there were 619 Schlotzsky's(R) Deli restaurants open and operating in 37
    states, the District of Columbia and six foreign countries. Visit
    www.schlotzskys.com or www.cooldeli.com for more information and e-coupons.
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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