I am thrilled for this once in a lifetime opportunity to represent Team Codman Academy Boston Marathon 2014! The funds raised for the Boston Marathon will be applied toward Codman’s Wellness program, which encompasses their physical fitness program as well as their nutrition and health program. As a health communications/brand strategist professional for ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Hosptital, and an advocate for healthy living, it was a perfect match for me to represent Codman Academy as their mission truly aligns with my passion for educating youth about the benefits of nutrition and physical activity.
I am excited to participate in my second marathon as I come out of retirement from my first marathon, two years ago. I have had the opportunity to run 7 half marathons and also participate in 25 sprint triathlons.
I want to share with you a few highlights of the fantastic work that Codman Academy is doing in the Boston community of Dorchester, MA: Codman was recognized as the first and highest scoring school in the state to win the Gold-Level Massachusetts School Wellness Award, given by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the MA Department of Public Health. We have been able to accomplish this without an on-site gym or athletic fields. In addition to providing sports teams such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, track, baseball, and softball, we also offer activities such as swim lessons, cardio and strength classes, and personal training programs through our partnership with the Dorchester YMCA. Beginning last fall, all Codman students now receive a membership to the YMCA (compliments of Codman), and all students take swim lessons and are required to pass a mandatory swimming test as a graduation requirement.
Codman Academy also has a student-run Nutrition Action Club, which works to educate the student body on nutrition and health initiatives. In 2011, they launched their first Junk Food Free school year, banning all junk food on campus. Last year, they started to expand this program to include the Codman Square Health Center, and their students served as leaders to help the health center ban junk food among its staff. This year, they are expanding their school to add lower grades (K-8), beginning with our first K1 and K2 classes this fall. Our NAC members will serve as mentors and role models to our younger students as they introduce them to our Junk Food Free policy and the benefits of healthy eating.
Thank you for visiting my page and for wanting to help make a difference for the students at Codman Academy!
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