April 23, 2012
Recently on two different dates, Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 and Wednesday April 18th, 2012, several student-athletes attended fun interactive events at local elementary schools in Edina and Minneapolis, Minnesota. These were the first two times that the new revamped Eat Smart, Play Hard program, which was made possible by Gopher student-athletes Josh Hall and Lucy Ennis was implemented. The main goal of the Eat Smart Play Hard program is to encourage children to pursue healthy lifestyles and to motivate children and caregivers of these youth to be more active and to eat foods that are good for the body.
According to Josh Hall, one of the designers of the new program, "It was vital to update this long lasting program, in hopes of meeting modern standards." Josh stated, "Our goal was to find a more effective way to reach out to kids of all ages and actually instill living a healthy lifestyle into their daily activities."
At these volunteering events hosted by Student Athlete Affairs, the Gopher student-athletes met with multiple groups of children around the age of 8-10. These events were the first two times that the new re-vamped Eat Smart Play Hard program was put into action. The new program includes a child friendly workout video, healthy snack videos, and a dozen different activities that could be used on multiple occasions. The student-athletes who attended these two volunteering events were football players Chris Hawthorne, Luke McAvoy and Quinn Bauducco, swimmers Nathan Jobe, Josh Hall, and Melissa Nelson, gymnasts Janell Campbell, Lucy Ennis, and Cierra Tomson and rower Caitlin Boon.
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