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GWSB Student Brings President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to Campus


Former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes speaks at GW.

When the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services joined an all-star panel of athletes last month at The George Washington University, the message was simple: Get moving.

Thanks to the work of GWSB MBA student Christopher M. Watts, The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) held its inaugural meeting on campus Sept. 14 as part of an initiative to reduce obesity in the United States and encourage exercise. Watts is a student in GWSB’s Accelerated MBA in Sports Management program. During his first year in the AMBA program, Watts took a class on the Impacts of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with Lisa Delpy Neirotti, professor of tourism and hospitality management. The second year of this program requires participants to hold a full-time job or internship. Delpy Neirotti helped Watts secure a position as graduate fellow for the PCFSN.

The PCFSN meeting was led by Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the organization, and former Olympic athlete Dominique Dawes, co-chair of the PCFSN. Speakers included Robin Schepper, executive director of Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama’s program to reduce childhood obesity; and Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Other speakers included award-winning chef Dan Barber, NASCAR’s Carl Edwards, NBA players Grant Hill and Chris Paul, retired MLB player Curtis Pride; Cornell McClellan, a personal trainer for the Obamas, and former Olympians Allyson Felix and Michelle Kwan.

“The George Washington University MBA program initially appealed to me because of its focus on social responsibility and sustainability,” Watts said. “Since entering the MBA program at GWU I have been exposed to more opportunities and experiences than I thought possible. Working for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition has been a fantastic experience.”

As program manager at the PCFSN, Watts creates and maintains relationships for the Council.  Watts also handles the logistics behind planning events.

Posted by gwsb on September 30, 2010 | Filed under: GWSB News.

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