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The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation extends its support of CCC’s Fit for Life Initiative
CLARKSDALE— From weight loss to making healthy lifestyle changes, Coahoma Community College’s Fit for Life Initiative has already made a big impact in the lives of students, faculty and staff, and community members.

The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation extends its support of CCC’s Fit for Life Initiative

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed Feb 1, 2017

CLARKSDALE— From weight loss to making healthy lifestyle changes, Coahoma Community College’s Fit for Life Initiative has already made a big impact in the lives of students, faculty and staff, and community members. Now, thanks to an additional $299,854 in grant funding provided by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the program will be able to continue its commitment to improving lives through next year.

Designed to create a culture of wellness, Fit for Life offers health and wellness education services and events on CCC’s campus, in local high schools and in the community.

According to CCC Director of Educational Outreach Letha Richards, who serves as the program’s director, the additional funding will be used to enhance many of the projects made possible through the program’s initial funding last year.

“We are so excited to have the second phase of the Fit for Life Initiative funded,” said Richards. “Our program will have a new look this year, and we are eager to get ‘moving’ on our campus, in our high schools and in the community.”

Upcoming projects include installing additional lighting around CCC’s walking trail, constructed through the grant funding, as well as installing rubber along the concrete to minimize injuries.

In addition, the grant provides funding to construct an 864-square-foot training and fitness pavilion that will be used for outdoor fitness classes, nutrition classes and bungee fitness training sessions.   

The program will continue to offer free nutrition counseling, as well as group fitness classes, including Step Aerobics, Tai Chi, Zumba and Strength Training. Several health and wellness events will also be scheduled on campus and in the community.

New this year is a Bike Corral Program that will provide 20 bikes for CCC students and employees to check out during the day for exercise and transportation around the campus. Richards said the project plans to formally kick off Wednesday, February 1, with “Fitness Midnight Madness.”

Hosted from 7 p.m. to midnight in the Pinnacle, the free event will feature tons of prizes, including gift cards and a FitBit giveaway.

“There will be competitions among CCC departments, local schools, businesses and individuals,” said Richards. “We’re plannning for this to be a really fun way to get started, and I invite everyone to join us.”

“The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is proud to continue its support of Coahoma Community College’s Fit for Life Initiative,” said Sheila Grogan, Executive Director of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. “We continue to see progress across Mississippi as colleges and universities create cultures of wellness, and we are proud to be part of a healthy future for Mississippi.”

The Fit for Life initiative at Coahoma Community College is in partnership with the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. For more information about CCC’s Fit for Life Initiative, visit www.coahomacc.edu/fitforlife.

The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is committed to supporting Mississippi's universities and colleges in implementing healthy eating and exercise initiatives that extend from the campus to the local communities and schools. Learn more about the work of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation at www.healthiermississippi.org.