Exercise Science Students Volunteer to Fight Childhood Obesity in the Bronx

News Story: October 1, 2010

A cohort of 17 Sacred Heart University students journeyed to the Bronx recently to help fight childhood obesity. The exercise physiology students were led by Dr. Valerie Wherley, a clinical assistant professor of exercise science at the University. Dr. Wherley is a former student of Dr. Jaci VanHeest, of the Neag School of Education at UConn, which also sent five students.

The young people joined a contingent of a dozen veterans participating in the USA Fitness Corps’ inaugural Fitness Fun Day. About 100 youngsters turned out October 16-17 for a full range of aerobic and educational adventures – from running to hula-hooping. The project was part of the service learning portion of the SHU undergraduate course EX 320:  Special Applications of Exercise. Other Fitness Fun Days are planned for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey in the coming months.

The SHU students involved were Lindsay Castaldi, Gina Dill, Amanda Hanson, Jessica Hurley, Emma Kuplicki, Nellie Long, Kristen McDonald, Evan "Chip" Mladenoff, Kim Pizzoferrato, Sarah Riccitelli, Jessica Rice, Adriana Sodano, Ashton Sroka, Taylor Sullivan, Jasmin Vicente, Michelle Whitton and Kristin Wood.