Exercise mentorship program draws more than
With more than 400 people signing up and plenty of positive
feedback, the "Adopt-A-Fellow Slug Exercise Mentorship
Program" at the Wellness Center has been declared a success.
I have had many people tell me in person that this program
has given them energy that they haven't felt in years,
said Ryan Andrews, Wellness Center director. I have also
heard from quite a few about weight loss.
Under the program, regular exercisers were asked to adopt their
nonexercising coworkers or friends on campus and help them establish
a regular physical activity routine. (See earlier
Currents story for details.)
We had 421 total participants sign up--255 students and
166 staff/faculty--and thus far have had about 280 turn in their
logs, Andrews said last week.
One of the big reasons why we were successful is because
it was supported by so many groups," he said. "Each
college contributed funds for the student portion of the program,
along with Counseling and Psychological Services. Staff and
Academic Human Resources funded the majority of the program
for faculty and staff.
All participants received Odwalla bars when they reached 10
sessions of physical activity and t-shirts when they reached
20 sessions. Miriam Bellows, a student at Crown College, won
the grand prize, a mountain bike, which also was donated by
This e-mail from a staff member was a typical comment on the
program, Andrews said: Thanks for this opportunity to
improve my health, reduce my stress, and enhance my concentration
at work. I know many others on campus who feel the same way.
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