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Wellness Resolution Fair whips students into shape

Submitted by Mark Stanley on February 5, 2011 – 1:53 pmNo Comment

Sidney Smith, sophomore strategic communication major, participates in a cardiovascular assessment. Photo by Chelsey Brummett.

The holidays are over and many students have New Year’s resolutions to get back into shape or improve their overall health. However, some may be asking themselves: “Where do I start?”  On Jan. 26 and 27, the DSC Fitness Center hosted a Wellness Resolution Fair, launching a new health initiative for 2011. The fair was sponsored by the DSC, Health Services, and Counseling and Career Planning.

The fair offered quick health assessments for participants. Once key health risks were identified, there were opportunities to work with professionals in the field to choose a wellness resolution for the year.

“The Biggest Loser” Boot Camp and The Weight and Wellness program were offered for those interested in losing weight. Participants could choose one or do both programs. However, “The Biggest Loser” Boot Camp required a $25 fee and that participants be at least 24 pounds overweight. The Weight & Wellness program is free and has no weight restrictions.

Both programs provide social support, positive reinforcement and educational materials to aid the student in achieving their goals.

Tynesha Ivery, a junior Spanish and criminal justice major, completed one Boot Camp program. She said “Boot Camp was moderately intense, but do-able. Like any weight loss program, it created a challenge, but it’s for the betterment of your life because it creates a healthier lifestyle.”
For more information, contact Naomi Fletcher, coordinator of campus recreation at 569-3228 or nffletcher@ualr.edu; or Vanessa Lewis, coordinator of H.P.P.E. at 683-7550 or vllewis@ualr.edu.

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