Daniel Hatfield, graduate student at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Tufts-Schwitzer Fellow, has dedicated himself over the past six months to create a running project for 6th grade boys at the Mario Umana Middle School in East Boston. In a recent blog post, Hatfield writes about the power of physical health education for the kids with whom he works:
How we eat and move relates to so many complex physiological and emotional factors at the individual level, not to mention all the broader social and environmental issues that come into play…”
Hatfield also speaks about his hope that the project will have a lasting impact on the boys’ lives:
I think about impact mostly at the individual level: what can we do that will affect these boys not only today, but also a year from now, or ten years from now? In part, that means having a physiological impact, and we are seeing signs of progress already in areas like body composition and aerobic capacity. Hopefully we’re also giving these boys the motivation and skills to sustain that progress.