January 10, 2005
Wellness Center offers help with efforts
to lose weight, get fit
If the crowds at the Wellness Center are any indication, more
than a few members of the campus community have resolved that
2005 will be their year to get in shape.
Fortunately, the Wellness Center is ready to help, whether
with a new Adopt a Slug exercise program, a walking
club, seminars on exercising at home and beginning a fitness
routine, and a wealth of online resources.
On January 18, the Wellness Center will begin the "Adopt-A-Fellow
Slug Exercise Mentorship Program."
Under the program, regular exercisers will be asked to adopt
their nonexercising coworkers or friends on campus and help
them establish a regular physical activity routine. If your
buddy completes 20 physical activity sessions (minimum 30-minutes
each) within eight weeks, both you and your buddy will receive
a t-shirt and be entered into a drawing for a new mountain bike.
As an added incentive, each buddy will gain free access to the
East Field House facilities during the program.
To sign up, e-mail Ryan
Andrews with your department mailing address to receive an enrollment
packet. Those wanting to be adopted as a buddy, or wanting to
serve as a mentor should also contact Andrews to be matched
with a partner.
Participants are urged to sign up soon so your buddies have
more time to complete the program. The last day to begin the
mentorship program is February 1.
This program is being sponsored by OPERS, Staff Human Resources,
Academic Human Resources, Environmental Health & Safety,
Counseling & Psychological Services, and the Odwalla company.
In addition to the exercise buddy program OPERS is holding
two seminars on exercise-related topics.
New Years Resolutions: Beginning an Exercise Program,
is designed for those who may have tried unsuccessfully at various
times to begin a fitness program. Seminar topics will include
components of a safe fitness routine, strategies for staying
consistent, exercise options for those with little free time,
and tips for success. The free seminar will be from noon to
1 p.m. on Friday, January 21, in Bay Tree Conference Room D.
Home/Office Exercise for Busy People, will provide
information and demonstrate a quick full-body workout that can
be done anywhere. Using your own body weight and simple elastic
tubing, the workout will help participants increase strength
and flexibility while barely breaking a sweat. The session will
be from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, in Bay Tree Conference
Room D. The $15 cost includes an exercise tube and a door anchor.
To sign up for either seminar, e-mail
or call Andrews at: (831) 459-3970.
Another exercise option gaining popularity is the campus walking
club. Anybody can join and all they have to do is call
or e-mail me and I will
put them on the list, said Cindy Mori, an OPERS recreation
program instructor who may also be reached by calling (831)
459-5781. We have about 50 members to date and I'd like
it to double by spring. The club is free and there is no catch--it
is up to you.
Two walks are done on the west side of campus and two on the
east side. Information on times and locations is online.
Our goal is to get as many new and old members walking
or doing something as often as they can, Mori said. Start
slow and just go!
OPERS also has other options for becoming more fit, including:
Pilates class. This smooth, flowing exercise routine
is designed to increase core strength, energy and flexibility
as well as improve posture. The four-week mat class, aimed at
beginner and intermediate students, will be held on Mondays
from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 7March 7, at the OPERS Activities
Room. The cost is $20 with a Wellness Card, or $40 without.
]To sign up, e-mail or
call Ryan Andrews. (For more on classes, see related
Visit the Online Wellness Center. Log
on to check out all the latest information about nutrition,
exercise, stress reduction, disease management and much more.
The web site includes the interactive Personal Wellness Profile,
which highlights your current risk areas and provides strategies
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