I am thrilled to be running my first marathon, the Boston Marathon on 4/20/2020, in support of the Healthy Champions Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)-affiliated Bowdoin Street Health Center. I have worked there for about year and a half, and have yet to come across an experience that doesn't leave me inspired. The staff is genuinely committed to providing dignified care to a vulnerable population in one of the most economically challenged neighborhoods of Boston.
Healthy Champions Program is an anti-obesity, education, fitness, and community-building initiative serving children in the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester. Under the supervision of a case manager/fitness coach and nutritionist, Healthy Champions learn about the importance of healthy nutrition, food preparation, food access in their neighborhood, and fitness and healthy lifestyles. They participate in the community garden, cooking classes at the health center's kitchen that was opened as part of the wellness center where they can also partake in fitness programs.
Similar to their other successful initiatives, this is exercised through a strategic collaboration with the community to nurture agents of change from within for a long-lasting impact.
I can't do this without your support, especially during training in cold Boston winters! Feel free to invite others to join this grassroots cause!
* Don't forget to inquire about gift matching. If this organization is not listed, please reach out to HR in your company.
Organization Name: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Tax ID: 04-2103881
** If you prefer to donate via check, please address it to BIDMC with "Vinay Verma/ Boston Marathon 2020” in the memo line, and mail it to:
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office of Development, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.
PS: Thanks to Philly for letting me use some of her pictures. She is the Executive Director of our health center, lives in the community, and also ran the Marathon (twice!!) a few years ago to support this program - that's her daughter in the community garden!