John Underwood, Life of An Athlete
On September 12, Access Health and local schools will be hosting a presentation by nationally recognized speaker, John Underwood. This free event will offer two sessions open to administrators, coaches, athletes, and community members. Session one will be held in the Orion Theater at Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and session two will be held at Morse High School in Bath from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Founder of the American Athletic Institute, Underwood will speak about Life of an Athlete©, a prevention/intervention program that focuses on excellence and healthy lifestyles in youth sports. Overall the program focuses on how alcohol consumption and drug use negatively impact athletic performance, but also seeks to promote general health and nutrition.

Jennah Godo, School Outreach Coordinator with Access Health assists area school administrators with preparing and implementing substance use policies. “We are delighted to have John speak locally to help raise awareness around the issue of substance abuse, therefore helping to protect our youth from the dangers associated,” she said.

Over the past year, several area coaches, athletic directors, and students from RSU 1, MSAD 75 and Brunswick Schools were exposed to the Life of an Athlete program through an Access Health sponsorship. Godo commented, “Attendees felt that the Life of an Athlete program could benefit our schools by providing information and tools to raise the level of performance and expectations among student athletes. We decided to invite John to Maine in order to offer his insight and knowledge to a larger audience.” said Godo.

Underwood, a former NCAA-All American distance runner and World Masters Champion, has coached more than two-dozen Olympians. He has studied the impact of nutrition as well as alcohol and marijuana use on sports performance for more than a decade and has been an advocate for drug-free sports at all levels.