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Campus, community invited to join CCC Fit for Life “Drop 5” Challenge
CLARKSDALE – Getting started is often the hardest part of the journey to a healthier lifestyle. However, one Coahoma Community College (CCC) Tiger is well on her way.

Campus, community invited to join CCC Fit for Life “Drop 5” Challenge

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

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Tue Feb 28, 2017

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CCC Fit For Life Coordinator Taurean Morton invites CCC campus and community members to join the "Drop 5" challenge throughout the month of March.

CLARKSDALE – Getting started is often the hardest part of the journey to a healthier lifestyle. However, one Coahoma Community College (CCC) Tiger is well on her way.

C:\fakepath\Drop51.jpgAfter taking advantage of CCC’s Fit for Life program for two weeks, freshman Michelle Millbrook of Tunica has already reached her goal of dropping five pounds. As an added plus, she’s seen a decrease in her blood pressure as well.

“Everyone’s body is different, but with Michelle, I noticed her dedication to her workout,” said CCC Fit for Life Coordinator Taurean Morton.

According to Morton, Millbrook also adhered to tips she picked up from the program’s nutrition counseling component, such as drinking more water, walking to class instead of driving, and taking the stairs.

“She was willing to make those small changes that promote a healthier lifestyle, and we’re very proud of her accomplishment,” Morton said.

Other CCC students, faculty and staff, as well as community members are invited to start their own healthy lifestyle journey during CCC’s Fit for Life upcoming “Drop 5” challenge.

Scheduled to begin March 1, the 30-day challenge is designed to encourage participants to take charge of their health and know their Body Mass Index (BMI), weight and blood pressure numbers.

“This is a great opportunity to get started on ‘dropping five’ or whatever it is that you’re struggling with—whether it’s weight, inches, blood pressure or cholesterol.  We want to support one another and tackle it together,” Morton said.

In addition to taking advantage of the CCC Fit for Life fitness center and walking trail, participants will also be able to meet their goals through free nutrition counseling and group fitness classes, including Step Aerobics, Tai Chi, Zumba and Strength Training.

“We offer something to fit everyone’s preferences,” said Morton. “It is our hope that ‘Drop 5’ is the beginning of each individual’s journey in becoming ‘fit for life.’”

The Fit for Life initiative at Coahoma Community College is funded by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. Since 2015, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has provided almost $500,000 in funding to Coahoma Community College for the Fit for Life initiative that extends from the campus into the surrounding communities and schools.

“The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is committed to supporting our state’s colleges and universities as they create healthy learning environments for students, healthy working environments for faculty and staff, as well as opportunities for community members to take advantage of these programs,” said Sheila Grogan, Executive Director of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. “The ‘Fit for Life’ initiative at Coahoma Community College is another step in building a healthy Mississippi and we are proud to be their partner on that journey.”

The Fit for Life initiative at Coahoma Community College is in partnership with the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. To learn more about CCC’s Fit for Life Initiative, visit www.coahomacc.edu/fitforlife. For questions or more information, contact Morton at (662) 621-4236 or tmorton@coahomacc.edu.

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.