Commit to be FIT so Winter Doesn’t Win

by Public Relations

The Cedarville University Wellness Program and the exercise and sport science department have teamed up to bring students, faculty, staff, their family members and the community, a number of opportunities to stay active and fit this winter.

In January, program leaders met with the Cedarville family to launch this year’s Faithful in Training (FIT) Challenge, an initiative that promotes maintaining healthy lifestyles. The Wellness Program and exercise and sport science department also planned a health fair for faculty, staff and their families, and students, who are eligible to participate in the Commit to be FIT program Participants of these programs log exercise time and activities online to keep track of fitness goals. At the end of 12 weeks, both programs award prizes for different levels of commitment to exercise.

Health fair attendees participated in a variety of activities to measure starting fitness levels and learn tips on healthy living. Participants calculated their optimal exercise heart rates, measured blood pressure, received skin screenings, tested body mass, assessed sit-up and push-up endurance, and enjoyed healthy smoothies provided by the public health department.

The Wellness Program, run by Sandy Shortt, Ed.D. and sponsored by the department of nursing, provides the Cedarville family with a variety of incentives and resources to improve fitness and healthy living. In addition to the FIT Challenge, the program also organized a Weight Watchers at Work initiative, offers cholesterol and glucose screenings, and presents seminars on healthy living. The Wellness Program and exercise and sport science department are also providing Fitness Focus classes on Tuesdays in February and March to help attendees maintain their own fitness plans.

“Our goal is to get people off the couch and doing something,” Shortt says. “We want people to get active doing whatever they can, even if it’s as simple as sledding with their families or shoveling the driveway. We’re here to help them with that.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at