by Claire Kositzky
Benedictine University is hosting an Exercise Physiology program where students, faculty and staff participate in a twelve-week contest. Eighteen students and 42 faculty and staff members were split into groups that are coached by students in the Exercise Physiology program.
Information about the program was sent to BenU community members in an email before Christmas break.
“It was shocking to see that all the spots filled up within the first three hours of the email,” commented Regina Schurman, administrative program director of Clinical Exercise Physiology. “There was a program similar to this done a couple of years ago at Benedictine, but it could not accommodate the number of people we have this year in the program.”
The program started off with an initial evaluation of the participants. The participants then met with their assigned coach and created an exercise program together.
Participants then set goals for themselves, and when they reach their goals, they earn points. Jan. 30 marks the first day participants can start earning points.
A final assessment will be done the twelfth week of the program, and prizes, such as gift cards, will be awarded at the end of the program to participants.
“One main goal of the program is to continue the exercise routine past the program and make it a daily part of their lives,” said an excited Schurman. “We want to make a positive impact amongst the Benedictine Community!”
In addition to the individual exercise portion of the contest, participants are required to attend nutrition and wellness lectures and classes, have consultations with Healthy Table and participate in group exercise classes.
There is also a “self-direct” option to the program. 17 participants are participating in this option, and are also able to compete for points and prizes.
As much as the participants are helping themselves, the student coaches are preparing themselves for their future field in Exercise Physiology. By interacting with the participants, they are preparing themselves for the workforce as well as their people skills, which can make them better practitioners.
“Students in the program learn how the body works to how to prevent diseases to getting people back to functioning healthy and properly,” Schurman added. “The goal is to bring people back to a healthy state.”