School fitness program OK after review

February 1, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.—Following a Boston Public Schools (BPS) review of its business practices, a physical fitness program at Greater Egleston Community High School (GECHS) is still under way.

Generation Fitness, or Gen/Fit, is GECHS Dean of Students Kwadwo Mike Thompson’s program. Students sign up for off-campus, non-team activities like rock-climbing and other challenges, led by Thompson. The program offers alternatives to traditional physical activity choices like group sports or team-based physical education classes.

However, following Gazette questions about its relationship to a fitness supplement business, BPS lawyers reviewed the program to make sure it wasn’t marketing to students. The program’s website, mygenfit.org, however, was still down at the Gazette’s deadline.

“We would never comment on the findings of any type of inquiry by one of our attorneys, but I can tell you the Gen/Fit program is still under way at Greater Egleston,” BPS spokesperson Matthew Wilder told the Gazette last week.

Thompson is a Team BeachBody “coach” who sold his personal training services and BeachBody equipment on the same website where he promoted the Gen/Fit program. He is also developing a reality TV series called “Project: Reject” he said was “inspired by” the Gen/Fit program.

Team BeachBody is a multi-level marketing company that produces products like the P90X, Insanity and Hip Hop Abs training programs as well as nutritional supplements.

“BeachBody is not connected with BPS or with [GECHS],” Thompson previously told the Gazette. “It’s an outside program…It’s not promoted on or near the school and [its products] are not sold during Gen/Fit activities.”

Thompson did not reply to a Gazette request for comment for this article.