Inova's new iPATH community outreach program takes a fun, action-filled approach to introducing teens from diverse backgrounds to exercise and better eating habits.
Local sports heroes provide inspiration and mentoring, and the young people also learn about careers in the medical field from Inova experts.
Supported by the star power of local sports greats Cliff Russell and Charles Mann, iPATH launched its pilot exercise and nutrition program at four Northern Virginia schools in Fall 2009. The middle- and high school-aged participants attend weekly after-school sessions that include:
· High-energy workouts personally led by sports hero Cliff Russell
· Nutrition and healthy lifestyle education from professional nutritionists
· Career counseling about healthcare training and jobs from Inova mentors
· Encouragement to share new-found expertise with others and to serve as ambassadors for better health to their schools, friends and families.