Taking a step in the right direction

Recreation & Fitness LogoAs an effort to encourage college faculty, staff and administrators to become more active and more aware of their health, OCCC is launching a new program called Walk Fit this week.

The three month program aims to help get the members of the community more active and aware of their health by utilizing the mile-­long Indoor Walking Trail on campus

Trail markers have been posted throughout the buildings on campus and OCCC will host regular walking groups, led by faculty members, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. starting at the Recreation Office near the gym.

The Recreation and Fitness Office has already begun to distribute free pedometers and food logs to students and faculty on a first come first serve basis.

Through a $20,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the Rec & Fit Office was able to purchase two digital scales so that participants can keep track of their weight, and 300 pedometers were purchased.

OCCC student, Aaron Cardenas said he’s already excited to take advantage of the opportunity.

“This program is great timing for me, because I just started a fitness program so a free pedometer is a great help.” Cardenas said.

Recreation and Fitness Coordinator, Laura Swain, said details for an incentive program are still being finalized.

The program is about more than just walking. Swain said.

It promotes healthy lifestyle choices by encouraging participants to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, limiting screen time, such as phones and television, to less than two hours per day, exercise for at least one hour per day, and to cut out sweetened beverages.

Monthly presentations by a registered dietitian regarding diet, disease, and weight loss will be held in the College Union rooms from 12:30­1:30 p.m. on July 8, Aug. 15, and Sept. 8.

For more information contact Swain at laura.a.swain@occc.edu.

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