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Contact: Jackie Tisdell
225.342.6950  |  jtisdell@uls.state.la.us
November 01, 2013
UL System Students Organize “The Get Fit Movement”

Health Activities to be Held Next Week at All Nine Universities

 

BATON ROUGE - Today across the state people are staring at buckets full of candy and other remnants of a rainy Halloween.  There is a cold front on the way and daylight savings ends on Sunday, ushering in the holiday season.  A byproduct of this trifecta of colder weather, shorter days, and holiday foods can be weight gain.  This is just one reason why the University of Louisiana System Student Advisory Council (SAC) is dedicating a series of events next week at the nine universities to promote health and wellness. 

"The Get Fit Movement" will involve health screenings, yoga classes, martial arts, boxing, dancing, alcohol awareness, mental health activities, and field day competitions.  The goal is to reach 1,000 participants in five days.

Each year the nine new Student Government Association Presidents who comprise the UL System's Student Advisory Council commit to a service-learning project.  Last year's project was promoting recycling with Keep Louisiana Beautiful.  This year, SAC chose to promote physical and mental wellness at the nine universities.

"Our student leaders are to be commended for coordinating this project not only for going above and beyond their commitments in the classroom, but also for targeting a very real problem in Louisiana," said UL System President Sandra Woodley.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Louisiana had the highest rate of obesity at 34.7% in 2012.    Because of obesity-related health conditions, people who are obese annually spend $1,429 more in medical expenses than those of normal weight, and the total estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008.

"We encourage our fellow students, the faculty and staff members on our campuses, and members of our university communities to participate in next week's events.  There will be something for everyone interested in living a healthy lifestyle," said SAC Service-Learning Coordinator and Nicholls SGA President Melissa Cloutet.

Scroll down for a detailed list of activities by campus and day.

-ULS-

ABOUT THE UL SYSTEM: The University of Louisiana System is the largest higher education system in Louisiana with 90,000 students at nine universities: Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans.

 

 

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY
Contact: SGA President Jordan Harvey, jf.harvey1@yahoo.com

 

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

Health and Safety Fair

6 p.m. in the Black & Gold Room 

 

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

SGA aerobics night, basketball tournament, yoga, and diet tips

6 p.m. in the Intramural Center

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 

Forum with SGA and Students: 10 Tips to Living a Longer Life

6 p.m. in Grambling Hall


 

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
Contact: SGA President Allison East, ace007@latech.edu

 

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

Yoga and Meditation

9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Quad

This is a vinyasa yoga class instructed by Courtney Thibault.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

Physical Fitness

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Kinesiology

The Kinesiology Department will conduct fitness assessments such as blood pressure screenings, body composition analysis, and strength, flexibility, and balance assessments.

 

3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Crossfit

Instructor Evan Derveloy will provide an action-packed session of full body fun!

 

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Mosely's Movement at the Tonk

Instructor Johnny Mitchell will provide a fun, action-packed workout that combines martial arts, boxing and dance moves.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 

Ruston Healthy Living

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Plaza

Come see some of the healthy choices that Ruston has to offer!

 

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Athletes to Schools

Louisiana Tech athletes will have a meet and greet with local elementary/middle schools where they will discuss the importance of balancing social life, fitness, and nutrition.

 

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

Field Day

3 p.m. at Hideaway Park "Dog Pound"

The SGA and Lambright Sports & Wellness Center will mix a little fun with fitness!

 

MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY
Contact: SGA President Davante Lewis, sgapresident@mcneese.edu

 

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

"Understanding the Risk"

Information will be available about disease and illness, diabetes, and eating habits.  Giveaways will include healthy snacks.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

"Get out of your mind"- Mental Health Day

Representatives from the counseling center will talk about the importance of mental health.  There will be tables in the Student Union as well as "Stress Free Activities" including a vent wall, and other games.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 

"Let's Get Physical"- Physical Fitness

There will be small activities to do in the Quad with students including jump roping and other items of play.  From 7 p.m.  - 9 p.m. there will be a Zumba class in the Student Union.

 

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

"Everybody Shots, Shots, Shots" - Alcohol Awareness

During the day, there will be information about alcohol abuse including drunk goggles and items located in the Quad.

At 7 p.m. in the Student Union a Comedy Show called "Shot of Reality" will educate students about encountering alcohol in a college environment. Entertaining and informative, two performers present the show in the form of a birthday party for the student audience. Alternating between hilarious improvisations, in which the audience participates, and educational sketches which drive home facts and statistics.

 

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

"I Pledge"

Students will be asked to sign on a large paper their pledge to living healthy.

 

 

 

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
Contact: SGA President Melissa Cloutet, sga.president@nicholls.edu

 

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

All day in the Student Union

Promotional day with a fruit tray and granola bars available

 

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

7 p.m. in the Recreational Center

Nutrition specialist forum with dietetics professor Bridgett Scott

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 

Evening class in the Recreational Center

SGA sponsored fitness class

 

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

All day in the Student Union

"Thirsty Thursday" water giveaway with health and wellness quiz

 

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

All day in the Quad

Field day outdoors will include various activities and games and conclude with the week's challenge to reach 1,000 push-ups.

 


 

 

NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Contact: Kyla Winey, kylawiney@yahoo.com

 

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

Students will participate in a physical education class at a local elementary school

 

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

Students will participate in a physical education class at a local middle school.

There will be a Zumba class in the student recreation center.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 

Students will participate in a physical education class and talk about health at a local high school.

 

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Student will participate in a field day on campus.

 


 

 

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY
Contact: SGA President Greg Crovetto, Gregory.crovetto@selu.edu

 

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

SGA will hand out water bottles to promote drinking water.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

SGA will encourage people to sign up for recreational sports and wellness classes on campus.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 

SGA will hand out water bottles to promote drinking water.

 

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

SGA will encourage people to sign up for recreational sports and wellness classes on campus.

 


 

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE
Contact: SGA President David Neef, idneef92@yahoo.com

 

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

"Promotional Day"

7 a.m. - 9 a.m. on Rex Street

SGA will hand out bottled water, pedometers and flyers of Group X schedule at our Recreation Center.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

"Ride a bike to school day!"

5:15 p.m. at Bourgeois Hall

SGA Group X Cycle 30

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 

"Wellness Wednesday"

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Student Wellness Center

Free body weight, blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, glucose screening and hearing and vision screening for students.

 

6 p.m. at Bourgeois Hall

SGA Group X Zumba Night 

 

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

"Mind, Stress Less"

6:15 p.m. at Bourgeois Hall 

Yoga for students

 


 

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE
Contact: SGA President Jana Robinson, Robinsjl@warhawks.ulm.edu

 

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

SGA will pass out water and informational brochures on campus.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

SGA will host a mental health forum in partnership with the counseling center on campus.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 

SGA will offer a yoga class to students on campus in the Quad.

 

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Students will participate in a physical education class at a local elementary school.

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
Contact: SGA President Brandan Bonds, bbonds@my.uno.edu

 

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

Promotional Day

Informational tables and flyers will be available in the University Center

 

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

Physical

A wellness workshop will be given by health educator Tomas Mulleady, and First Year Experience students will participate in a Walk around the Quad.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 

Intellectual and Social

There will be a GFM Fair in the University Center that will include various student and university groups, a blood drive, and a Conquering Procrastination Workshop from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Pizza will be provided.

 

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Emotional, Meaning & Mindfulness, Financial

3 - 3:50 p.m. Relaxation Session in the University Center

 

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

Social

Students will organize physical activities at a local elementary school

 


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