Wellness program to benefit college, president says

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By Michael Peters


Physical activity and healthy lifestyle habits are important for everyone, which is why wellness is getting a big push this semester.

“A lot of people have worked to build the wellness program and it’s time to take the next step,” President Robert Zeigler said.

Zeigler said wellness Coordinator Chris Dillon is the most qualified person to take the wellness program to the next level.

“Dillon has a lot of experience with teaching and training,” Zeigler said. “He’s on city wellness committees; he’s good with people and has contacts beyond the campus.”

Health and fitness classes such as aquatic conditioning, cardio boot camp, physical conditioning, weight training, walking and jogging are available to students.

“Physical activity and healthy habits are extremely important because not only does it benefit the individual, but the campus as a whole,” Zeigler said.

There are also recreational hours available to students who may not have time to take classes.

“As an institution, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to provide wellness opportunities to students and faculty,” Zeigler said.

Faculty walking spree is a new program available to faculty and staff.

“You’re basically competing against yourself to better your results every day,” Zeigler said.

Walking spree involves a pedometer, which measures calories burned, distance walked and steps taken by faculty and staff members.

The pedometer feeds the statistics to the user when plugged into a computer.

Walking spree kicked off Monday, and Zeigler said it looks like the program will be a big success.

The program now is only for faculty and staff at this college, but Zeigler hopes it will spread to other colleges in this district and involve students as well.

“Eventually, we want to get everyone involved,” Zeigler said. “There’s some cost involved, but it seems worth the investment.”

Visit theranger.org for recreational hours to facilities in Candler Physical Education Center.

Registration deadline for a free T-shirt for Oct. 19 Walk Like MADD San Antonio 5K. Visit http://support.madd.org/site/TR?fr_id=3170 &pg=entry to register.


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