BOSTON -- Mike Boyle, the Red Sox's strength and conditioning consultant, was out at Fenway Park early on Saturday, with some ballplayers who were a little younger than you might expect.
Boyle, Adrian Gonzalez, Darnell McDonald and Felix Doubront helped a group of about 65 youths from Covidien and the Red Sox Foundation's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities teams learn how to better take care of their bodies through both nutrition and exercise.
"It was good seeing them move around and just be happy to enjoy a good Saturday day," Gonzalez said after standing in the sun for an hour with his nephew Enrique in tow. "Just seeing their smiles when they ask questions or you take a picture with them."
The kids were on the field in right-center from 11 a.m. until about noon, when they moved indoors for a talk from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center physical therapist Kathy Shillue on calorie intake. Fenway Park's senior executive chef, Ron Abell, also participated in the workshop titled "Double Play: Health and Fitness."
"The message you're trying to deliver to the kids basically is that you only get one body," Boyle said. "That's what we talked to them about: the fact that you don't get to do it over. You have to take care of yourself, you got to learn how to take care of yourself, even at this age. ... It's important now."
Covidien, which sponsors the largest sign on the face of the Green Monster, is a healthcare products company.
"What Covidien is doing is putting a fair amount of their financial and philanthropy efforts around health and wellness, trying to help kids understand that it can be fun to exercise," said Teresa Hacunda, vice president for civic affairs at Covidien. "If I tell them, they're not so apt to listen to me, but if they hear it from their sports heroes, that's really important."
Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.