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Students rewarded for increased
by Cindy Abole
For six weeks, students exercised their choices as they relate to
regular exercise and establishing healthy fitness habits as
participants in MUSC Office of Student Programs and Harper Student
Wellness Center’s Fit It In program.
The program introduced and challenged students to engage in a
regular exercise activity and embrace healthy lifestyles. The effort
attracted 372 student-participants—both regular and first-time users of
the Wellness Center facilities to be active or reinforce regular
exercise in their daily routines. To support this effort, the center
extended its weekday hours to accommodate students and their workout
“The Division of Education and Student Services and the Harper Student
Wellness Center are committed to providing students with the best
wellness opportunities on campus,” said Janis Newton, Harper Wellness
Center program coordinator and a member of the Student Health and
Wellness Committee, which established the Fit It In Program. “Together,
we implemented an incentive program that increases the potential for
students to include fitness and exercise in their daily schedule. We
know that students are busy; but through regular exercise they’re more
likely to sleep, study and function better every day. We’re committed
to creating an environment and programs that help students adopt
healthy habits that can be supported throughout a lifetime.”
Students could participate in a variety of activities from dance, group
exercise, strength training, adult boot camp, tennis and other racquet
sports to yoga/Pilates, aquatics, martial arts fitness, fencing and
intramural sports. Daily attendance was verified using the center’s
handscan stations. Participation in any sports activity for 30 minutes
equates to one exercise credit.
All full-time MUSC students who participated in workout activities and
received two or more exercise credits were eligible to participate in
the weekly prize drawings (regular user and non-user (first time)
categories) of $25 cash or 30-minute massages, compliments of MUSC
Center for Therapeutic Massage. Program participants who logged at
least 12 half-hour workouts throughout the period also were entered to
win the $200 grand prizes in both categories.
Grand prize winners were Teddy McRackan, Medicine (regular user) and
Kaley Hasty, Pharmacy (first-time user).
College of Health Professions (CHP)-Physical Therapy student Reanne
Rezzuti was among the student winners participating in Fit It In.
Rezzuti and fellow CHP student, Anna Bucher, are a team when it comes
to working out. Rezzuti heard about the program via e-mail
reminders sent to students.
“We work out anyway, so why not participate,” said Rezzuti who,
together with Bucher, exercises two to three times per week in the Joe
D. Bands Exercise class, intramural volleyball and cardiovascular
exercise activities. “Having the chance to win prizes, especially cash,
was an extra incentive to do it.”
Nursing student Clare Vernon also serves on MUSC’s Student Health and
“Good health and fitness have always been important to me,” said Clare
Vernon, a second-year combined bachelor’s/master’s degree nursing
student. Vernon, who has an undergraduate degree in exercise science,
actively promoted Fit It In and sent e-mails to her 150 fellow nursing
students encouraging their support. “It was the opinion of many
of the committee members that students should set an example as future
health care professionals regarding their value of health and wellness
in their own lives. As students, we’re aware of the complications
caused by obesity, diabetes, lipidema and metabolic syndrome throughout
our state. We should set more positive examples as we begin to work and
practice within communities and meet and interact with patients.”
So far, Fit It In coordinators and the Wellness committee have been
pleased with student response and plan to continue to support the
program with students in the future.
For more information on Harper Student Wellness Center programs, visit http://www.musc.edu/hsc/.
Weekly Fit It In student winners
included: ($25)—Raeann Rezzuiti, Health Professions, John Lacy,
Medicine; Katie Wagner, Pharmacy; Megan Boykin, Nursing; Chris
Bowers, Dental Medicine; Anna Bucher, Health Professions; Taylor
Fricke, Health Professions; Molly Gentle, Medicine; Mary Schuler,
Nursing; Leslie Mattingly, Dental Medicine; Robert Shapiro, Medicine;
Dawn Bowers; Medicine; Camille Ching; Pharmacy; Amanda Pittman, Health
Professions; Marissa Wentzler, Pharmacy; Rebecca Freeman, Nursing.
Massage certificate winners—Megan Mollenhauer, Graduate Studies; Katie
Ruthsatz, Health Professions; Alexis Hoeferlin, Graduate Studies;
Robert Pratt, Dental Medicine.
Friday, April 11, 2008
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