In partnership with the University of Louisiana System leaders, Student Government Association is holding the first “Get Fit Week” all week to raise student awareness about obesity.
As of August 2013, Louisiana holds the infamous distinction of being the most obese state in the nation. The state’s adult obesity rate totals of 34.7 percent of the state’s inhabitants. This marks an unsettling trend in the state’s history.
Carlton Gray, a senior management major and director of community service with SGA, said the week will consist of numerous fun activities not just intended for weight loss.
“Get Fit Week will center on getting fit with different aspects of your life,” Gray said. “These include mind, body, nutrition, community involvement and school spirit!”
Numerous Tech departments as well as businesses from around the Ruston community are participating in various ways.
“From Tech, we will have Bulldawg Nutrition, the kinesiology department, the Student Dietetics Association, the athletics department and the Lambright Center participating in the week,” Gray said.
“Businesses from the community include Aramark, Rosemary’s Kitchen as well as our various exercise instructors.”
Gray believes Get Fit Week is needed among students.
“I think that the Get Fit Movement is a great idea because the U.S. has more than one-third of adult citizens that are considered obese,” he said. “Louisiana is one of the top states with a high obesity rate. We need to help people become aware of that and put a stop to it.”
Katie Hickingbottom, one of the event coordinators, said she felt the same way.
“The event is a great idea,” Hickingbottom, a junior biology major, said. “Students should be able to try to find new ways to live a healthy lifestyle.”
Hickingbottom said the activities will be accessible to everyone.
“Each day will have an activity such as yoga, cross-fit, kickboxing, a ‘healthy taste of Ruston,’ a community 5k and a field day,” she said. “The purpose of the events is to give students the chance to try new activities and encourage the students to live an active lifestyle.”
Both Gray and Hickingbottom have high hopes for the week and believe it can become an event that Tech students regularly look forward to.
“Even though this is the first Get Fit Week we are putting on, I think it can catch on,” Gray said.
“Hopefully, this will not be the last!”
“This week will be very beneficial for both the physical body and the student body as well,” Hickingbottom said.
“I hope all the Tech students take this opportunity to try new things and see what Ruston has to offer in regards to healthy living!”
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