My name is Eddie Gaffney and I am very happy to announce (and nervous!) that I have been selected to be part of the BIDMC 2018 Boston Marathon Team! This is something I have always wanted to do since I watched my first Boston Marathon back in 2000. I will be running to support the Bowdoin Street Health Center’s Healthy Champions Program.
For the past 2 years, my wife and I have helped to revitalize the community garden plot, to be used to teach kids the importance of where their food comes from and the benefits of eating healthy. It is a great program for children and the community to get outside (some of them it is the only outdoor time they have) and learn about growing their own food and how to incorporate it into healthy meal options to help prevent future health problems.
I have seen the results, when the young kids get excited about the garden, health and wellness of their community. This program empowers the kids to have an impact on their community, just by doing something as simple as planting a seed and watching it grow!! Thank you for your support!!
Here is some additional information:
Bowdoin Street's Healthy Champions Program The Healthy Champions Program is an anti-obesity, education, fitness, and community-building initiative serving children in the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester. Participants, or Healthy Champions, learn about the importance of healthy nutrition, food preparation, food access in their neighborhood, and fitness and healthy lifestyles. Perhaps most importantly, Healthy Champions serve as "ambassadors of health" to their families and peers in the community, sharing their knowledge about health and wellness while developing a sense of confidence in their ability to effect healthy changes in themselves and in the wider community.
Thank you again for your support! & Please help me spread the word!!