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January 4, 2013

Setting a good example

Page School teacher running to encourage student activity

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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.

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