Kerrie Lee Clark
Discovering new ways for children to remain active is an important goal for parents and health professionals nationwide.
As an Active Science graduate fellow at Merrimack, Kerrie Lee Clark ’16 worked on the front lines to make this happen by bringing programs to area school children which couple physical activity with hands-on learning.
Specifically, Kerrie was tasked with implementing Active Science Programs in the National Center for Active Science at the Andover/North Andover YMCA, Lawrence YMCA, and at the Frost Elementary School in Lawrence, MA. Active Science is a blend of physical activity and academic performance using technology in order to promote healthier lifestyles and academic achievement.
“I was responsible for creating daily exercise programs during the Lawrence school enrichment program,” says Kerrie. “We placed activity monitors on the students, had them participate in physical activity for 30 minutes, and then entered their data into tablets via an active science mobile app. They learn from that.”
Kerrie also assists location program directors with active science training sessions, making it easier for trainings to continue in the same format. “I basically created a manual that can eventually be used by the YMCA staff to train new staff that might be implementing the program,” says Kerrie.
In fact, Kerrie made training the central focus of her graduate Capstone project. She assessed the Active Science Programs training manual, looking for areas of potential improvement, and ultimately making recommendations.
“My capstone project was a big part of my fellowship because it was directly related to the trainings I had participated in,” says Kerrie. “I was really trying to create a more efficient way to help train staff.”
After graduating with a Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management, Kerrie landed a job at Ortho Arizona as a Physical Therapy Tech.