BOSTON, MA - The Red Sox continue "Calling All Kids Month" with a health and fitness workout tomorrow at Fenway Park that features star players Daniel Nava, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Felix Doubront. Presented by Covidien and the Red Sox Foundation, the event also includes advice from dieticians, chefs, and trainers.
Approximately 45 children, aged 8 to 14, from Joslin Diabetes Center will learn the benefits of exercise and healthy eating choices for kids with diabetes. Red Sox Strength and Conditioning Coach Pat Santora will join Nava, Saltalamacchia, and Doubront in on-field exercise programs similar to those performed by the Red Sox before each game.
Clinical Dietitian Sandy Allonen from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Red Sox' official hospital, will teach the importance of exercise, calories, and making good food choices.
Aramark chefs will provide interactive food preparation stations to teach children how to make healthy snacks and meals. The ballpark's concessionaire will also provide the children with healthy recipes to take home.
"We're proud to once again collaborate with the Red Sox Foundation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Aramark in helping to educate children and families on the importance of being active and eating healthy," said Teresa Hacunda, Vice President, Civic Affairs, Covidien. "By demonstrating that exercising and making good food choices can be fun, we'll make a positive impact on the health and well-being of our communities. We believe that this annual program reinforces initiatives supported by Covidien and the Red Sox Foundation."
"With many teens spending five or more hours per day in front of a TV, a computer game, or a mobile phone, that leaves little time for exercise," said Allonen. "I love working with groups of kids, like the ones we will be working with at Fenway Park, to help them make good decisions about the types of calories they take in. How they spend their down time will help curb diseases like obesity and diabetes while keeping their bones strong as they grow."
"We are proud to team up with our lead sponsor Covidien, and to have Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's expertise, as we tackle the national epidemic of childhood obesity," said Red Sox Foundation Interim Executive Director Gena Borson. "Along with Red Sox players and coaches, we want to use the summer months to help educate and instill healthy eating and exercise habits in kids as they enjoy a break from the school year."
Thursday's workshop is the first of three to be held throughout the summer months. Covidien and the foundation will host additional workshops for children from non-profit groups on Thursday, July 25, and Thursday, August 29.
Covidien, the lead sponsor of the program, is a leading global provider of healthcare products.