Fit for Life Initiative Put in Motion at Coahoma Community College
CLARKSDALE — A new program is working to enhance the overall health and wellness of students, faculty and staff at Coahoma Community College (CCC). CCC is introducing its new Fit for Life Campus Initiative this fall, made possible through a $199,926 grant provided by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

Fit for Life Initiative Put in Motion at Coahoma Community College

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4157 - Matthew Killebrew - mkillebrew@coahomacc.edu

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Tue Aug 25, 2015

CLARKSDALE — A new program is working to enhance the overall health and wellness of students, faculty and staff at Coahoma Community College (CCC). CCC is introducing its new Fit for Life Campus Initiative this fall, made possible through a $199,926 grant provided by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. The goal of the initiative is to transform the health and wellness culture of CCC's campus while enhancing students and employees' quality of life through health and promotional activities.

CCC Director of Educational Outreach Letha Richards, who has monitored the initiative's development and grant application process, will serve as the program’s director along with CCC Assistant Athletic Director Selina Reid who will serve as the Wellness/Activity Coordinator.

“We are excited to be able to participate in this program thanks to the help and generosity of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation,” said CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner. “It’s no secret that in the Mississippi Delta there are an abundance of problems and health-related issues that arise from obesity and the lack of health and wellness preparedness and education. We believe this partnership will help our students, faculty and staff become better educated in this area and allow them to be exposed to professional exercise and wellness opportunities right here on campus.”

The grant supports the construction of a half-mile walking trail (completed) featuring sixfive exercise stations on CCC's campus as well as provides updated fitness equipment for the college’s Fitness and Wellness Center located in the Frank Gambrell Student Affairs Multi-Complex. The program will also feature on-campus fitness coaches and nutritionists, as well as the introduction of several new activities to motivate students, faculty and staff.

Planned activities include free step aerobics, kickboxing, Zumba and strength training classes led by qualified and licensed instructors. Fitness challenges consisting of teams of students and employees will allow for some friendly competition while simultaneously improving health and fitness goals. Other events include a 5k run, obstacle course and the introduction of campus walking clubs. A Tiger Challenge will also be used to get students and staff involved in the CCC Fit for Life Campus Initiative.

In addition, CCC employees can benefit from the initiative's Presidential Health and Wellness Incentive, which will offer 30 minutes match time, three times per week. Both employees and students participating in the initiative can enjoy the benefits that come from improving healthy habits including increased academic and work performance, increased energy levels, improved health status and desired weight loss.

“We’re proud to extend our support to Coahoma Community College in its efforts to create a healthy campus culture,” said Sheila Grogan, Executive Director of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. “We’ve seen the benefits enjoyed by many of our state’s colleges and universities as they create healthy campuses, and we look forward to seeing CCC’s campus health initiative continue to grow.”

To enroll, students and faculty must submit required documents, which are available online at www.coahoma.edu/fitforlife and complete a mandatory fitness assessment. The assessments can be scheduled by emailing sreid@coahomacc.edu and will be offered from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Aug. 17 through Sept. 4 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays thereafter.

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