In 2001, Jason began developing Fitness Forward hoping to help spark the reinvention of daily activities among youth, families and schools that would contribute to healthier and happier living. His goal was to help schools, communities and families motivate and facilitate youth participation in fun and comprehensive daily wellness activities. Through the volunteer and programmatic activities of Fitness Forward and its partners, policy reform, and the 'Health 2.0' technologies innovated by FitNet, Jason hopes our efforts will help improve
quality of life, self-esteem and prevent diseases such as obesity/
metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Jason stives to incorporate the values of Fitness Forward and its 5 Wellness Targets into many aspects of his own life; from rowing in college and participating in triathlon and cycling fundraisers to surfing, snowboarding, dancing and cooking meals with friends and family.
After receiving his BA with Honors in biology and a concentration in neuroscience from Williams College, and studying medical biology at Cambridge University in England, Jason worked as a strategy consultant to clients in the technology and pharmaceutical industries with Mercer Management Consulting in Boston, Melbourne, London and outside Brussels. In 2005, he was a Reynolds Foundation Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship at Harvardís Center for Public Leadership and completed his MPH in quantitative methods from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his MD at Duke University, and was also a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. He was formerly the CTO of Proventys, Inc., a biomedical informatics company he co-founded with the former CEO of Duke University Health System, Ralph Snyderman, MD. Jason attributes the most important parts of his education to growing up in a hard-working family near Buffalo, NY, who value helping each other and those in need, above all.