Fields named CCC Fit for Life boot camp first Health Champion
CLARKSDALE – “I’ve seen classmates pass away as well as family and other members of the community too early in age. …We have to do all we can to preserve ourselves.”

Fields named CCC Fit for Life boot camp first Health Champion

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

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Sat Jul 1, 2017

Ricky Fields of Clarksdale, MS, pictured right, works out during CCC's Fit for Life Nutrition and Fitness Boot Camp currently underway. Fields was recently named the program's first Health Champion.

CLARKSDALE – “I’ve seen classmates pass away as well as family and other members of the community too early in age. …We have to do all we can to preserve ourselves.”

It was that realization that led Ricky Fields of Clarksdale, MS to join Coahoma Community College’s (CCC’s) “Fit for Life Nutrition and Fitness Boot Camp” to seek help leading a healthier lifestyle.

Now, just three weeks into the eight-week camp, the 33-year-old is already seeing results, weighing in about 13 pounds lighter.

It was this accomplishment that landed him the title of CCC’s Fit for Life Boot Camp Health Champion for the program’s first two-week assessment. The designation also came with a Wal-Mart gift card.

“It feels awesome,” said Fields, whose fitness goals include lowering his body mass index (BMI) and reducing his risk for high blood pressure.

“It’s a great opportunity to get myself within a normal BMI range and shed some of the extra pounds that are detrimental to my health.”

Fields is just one of the nearly 100 individuals from CCC’s campus and the community participating in the boot camp, organized by CCC’s Fit for Life program.

In addition to total body workouts that include strength training, cardio and core conditioning, participants have also received free nutritional counseling, individualized meal plans, and hands-on healthy cooking lessons from registered dietician Glenda Odena.

CCC Fit for Life Coordinator Taurean Morton said the camp was designed to educate participants on proper nutrition and leave them with healthy habits they can continue to implement long after the camp is complete.

“Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand,” said Morton. “It’s like a car—you can have a nice car on the outside, but if you don’t put the right fuel in it, it’s not going to operate properly. Our bodies are also machines, and we have to treat them right to perform optimally.”

CCC’s Fit for Life initiative 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 CCC for the Fit for Life initiative that extends from the campus into the surrounding communities and schools.

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.