John Peterson via Crowdrise
January 06, 2013
BENEFITING: UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION INC
ORGANIZER: UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS FOUNDATION INC
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
Mileage Tracker: 136
First of all I would like to thank everyone that has donated to my cause so far, You have been extremely generous and I greatly appreciate it. I am already over 75% to my goal of $5,000.
If you have not donated I would appreciate your support and donation to this great cause, as well as my goal in finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon. Thank you for considering my request.
Here is my February Update:
It has been a very successful month of training, as I have started working up to my long runs. I finished the Derry 16 Mile Boston Prep Race in 2:05 last weekend in some brutally cold weather and tough terrain. I felt good throughout the race and feel I am well on my way to my goal. In two weeks, my sister and I will take our show on the road as we will be heading to Daytona Beach Florida to compete in a Half Marathon on February 17th. My goal is still to achieve my PR for a marathon in April when I run Boston.
I also want to include a few things about my charity Team Go Kids Boston. This is a great cause where they provide great resources and facilities for children struggling with the ever growing problem in the Boston area. I see it everyday, where kids are bring unhealthy food and snacks into school. Kids need to learn at a young age how to eat right and exercise, so it does not lead to health issues when they are older. The Biggest Loser this season is also doing a piece on Childhood Obesity where each trainer is looking out for one kid and monitoring their progress. It is a growing concern nationwide that needs to be addressed.
Below is the article run in January that includes much of my back story....
Thanks again for your continued support in reaching my goal.
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January 4, 2013
Setting a good example Page School teacher running to encourage student activity
WEST NEWBURY — A 10-year veteran educator from the Dr. John C. Page Elementary School is taking to the streets this year to underscore to his students the importance of exercise and nutrition.
Sixth-grade teacher John Peterson has kicked off the New Year with a new resolution. He’s in training now for what he hopes will eventually lead to a successful running of the Boston Marathon in April. Peterson’s goal is to raise $5,000 in sponsorship money for the charity “Team GoKids,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring young people to strive for health and wellness.
Since announcing his plans in December, Peterson has met more than half his goal by raising $2,561 in sponsorship donations.
As a teacher, Peterson says he understands the importance of finding ways to limit the number of hours kids spend in front of computer and video screens and instead help them seek fun and positive ways to increase physical activity and nutritional awareness.
With childhood obesity more than tripling in the past 30 years and more than one-third of children and adolescents defined as clinically overweight or obese in 2008, Peterson says his ultimate goal in running what will be his fourth marathon is to educate the kids and parents in this community about why staying active is a key component to a person’s overall well-being.
As he did in the marathons he ran in Chicago, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, Peterson hopes to run the 26.2-mile stretch from Hopkinton to Boston in less than 4 hours. To meet that goal the busy teacher and after-school tutor rises as early as 5 a.m. most days to run with his sister, a teacher at the Nock Middle School in Newburyport. The two began running 5K races three years ago and tackled their first marathon together with a third sibling in Chicago in October 2011.
For Peterson, training consists of three shorter runs in the middle of the week and a longer run on the weekend. He supplements the running with workouts at Crossfit in Newburyport. Peterson also coaches basketball and runs after-school flag football and floor hockey programs in West Newbury.
Peterson chose the “GoKids” charity because its “life-changing programs and ground-breaking research” make it a “local leader in combating the obesity epidemic.” According to the charity’s website, one of its goals is to “enlist youth and professionals as health ambassadors.” Chancellor Keith Motley of UMass Boston spearheaded the initiative in 2006 in collaboration with Children’s Hospital in Boston. The program also partners with the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Boston College.
The 5,300-square-foot GoKids Boston fitness center “exemplifies a health promotion-focused youth development program by translating current science into innovative programs and by collaborating with primary care providers, schools, and other community resources,” the website states.
To sponsor Peterson in his race or to track the progress he has made toward his running and fundraising goals, visit http://www.crowdrise.com/teamgokids/fundraiser/johnpeterson1.
Hi, as many of you know I am a sixth grade teacher at the Page School in West Newbury. I have been teaching there for ten years and am now am running the Boston Marathon this coming April for a charity that has become important to me. The Charity is “Team Go Kids.” As a teacher I see the importance of kids getting out there and being active, instead of playing video games and being glued to a computer screen. I also see the importance of kids making the right decisions when it comes to nutrition. I help in my own community by volunteering to coach a basketball team and facilitating a Flag Football Program for students after school. There is so much we can do to help this growing epidemic of childhood obesity, as well as kids active everyday. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period. In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. I started running about 3 years ago and have been going strong ever since. This Boston Marathon will be my fourth marathon. I have completed Chicago, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco in less than four hours and that will be my goal for Boston. My fundraising goal is to raise $5,000 for “Team Go Kids”, but my ultimate goal is to educate the kids and parents in my community about the importance of staying active. More information about the charity is included below:
GoKids Boston embodies innovation and leadership in youth health through life-changing programs, groundbreaking research, exceptional training opportunities, and dedication to the community with a focus on eliminating health disparities.
GoKids Boston, a key strategic initiative of Chancellor Keith Motley, was founded at UMass Boston in 2006 in collaboration with Children's Hospital Boston to advance the science relating exercise to youth health and wellness and to become a local leader in combating the obesity epidemic.
GoKids Boston's unique youth fitness, training, and research center based at the University of Massachusetts Boston's College of Nursing and Health Sciences strives to 1) reduce the impact of obesity on children, families, and communities through service research partnerships, 2) improve children's lives through fitness and supportive relationships, and 3) enlist youth and professionals as health ambassadors.
GoKids provides low income, multi-ethnic youth with engaging physical activity and nutrition education programs aimed at preventing and treating obesity and chronic disease in our safe and supportive environment (a 5,300 square foot fitness center.) Equally important, we provide a training center where College of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty and students produce significant research. The center exemplifies a health promotion-focused youth development program by translating current science into innovative programs and by collaborating with primary care providers, schools, and other community resources.
I would appreciate your support and donation to this great cause, as well as my goal in finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon. Thank you for considering my request,
Continue to view my web page to track my progress towards my marathon and fundraising goals!