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Olympian touts locally made juice drink

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman appeared at the Pittsford Wegmans Tuesday to talk about healthy living and specifically about a local product that helps her do just that. It's called Cheribundi.

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- She brought home gold as a gymnast representing the United States at the Olympics. Tuesday, Aly Raisman stopped in Rochester to tout a homegrown product.

"It's really important to take care of yourself, take care of your body and just take care of your health in general,” she said.

Raisman appeared at the Pittsford Wegmans to talk about healthy living and specifically about a local product that helps her do just that. It's called Cheribundi.

"Making the second Olympic team it was a little bit harder for me to feel recovered so I started using a sport dietitian and he introduced me to Cheribundi and it made such a big difference,” said Raisman.

Cheribundi is a local innovation. The cherries are grown in Sodus. The drink is made in Geneva, the creation of researchers from Cornell University. The goal is to use the benefits of this super fruit to help athletes recover quickly.

"Within two days of using the cherry juice they were picking up what would normally take 7 to 10 days to recover that amount of strength,” Cheribundi VP of Operations Ed Maguire told Jennifer Johnson when she toured the plant.

Raisman is a believer and says the benefits aren't just for Olympians, but anyone looking to lead a healthy lifestyle.

"You're really paying attention to what you put into your body because it's amazing how important nutrition is to have a good workout,” she said.

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