February 9, 2010
Written by Kendall Rompf
The 8-week program encourages participants to increase physical activity and improve nutritional intake.
Campus-wide fitness program F.I.T. Tech and GET FiT Lubbock are teaming up to help address the nation’s obesity epidemic with the 2010 F.I.T. Tech Challenge. The event will kick-off at 12 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Student Recreation Center and will run until April 16.
Since F.I.T. Tech’s inception in 2005, over 3,000 staff, faculty and students have participated in team and individual activities to combat America’s weight problems.
With almost 70 percent of Texas adults classified as overweight, participating in F.I.T. Tech may be a way to jump-start a lifestyle that will help manage weight. Since more than 75 percent of Americans are not getting enough fruits and vegetables, team members will be encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables as they try to increase their physical activity and shed pounds.
Debra Reed, professor and Helen DeVitt Jones chair in the Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing said the program has succeeded by making good nutrition and physical activity fun.
"Kickoff and final recognition events made F.I.T. Tech fun and helped to create awareness," Reed said.
Throughout the program, each team, made up of six members, exercise or engage in physical activity for one of three levels of participation. To open up availability for participants of all fitness levels, teams can choose to compete as a Raider Rookie, Raider Power or Raider Warrior with 150, 270 or 360 minutes of weekly physical activity for each team member respectively.
"Also, prizes for best team name and best team spirit help motivate people at all levels of fitness," Betty Blanton, co-organizer and associate director of recreational sports, said.
Program organizers believe coordinating with GET FiT Lubbock has helped expand the F.I.T. Tech program by offering more events and prizes.
"The community has been very generous by donating some great prizes this year," Sean Couch, assistant director of marketing at the Garrison Institute on Aging, said. "The credit union, Hospitality Services and Academic Health Plans are sponsors this year. We have also received donations from McAlister's Deli, Cafe J's, Texas Tech Mens Basketball, Chick-fil-A and more."
F.I.T. Tech was named one of 10 recipients of the 2006 Nutrition and Physical Activity Best Practices Recognition Program award by the Texas Department of State Health Services. In addition, F.I.T. Tech was awarded a Gold Recognition and received $1,000 from the 2009 State Worksite Wellness Promising Practices Awards from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
F.I.T. Tech is a university sponsored fitness program designed to improve the well being of the faculty, students, and staff.
The program provides healthy food demos, weekly tips for healthy eating and physical activity, and an annual campus-wide F.I.T. Tech challenge.
In 2009, F.I.T. Tech was awarded a Gold medal for Behavior Change from the State Agency Worksite Wellness Promising Practices Recognition Program.
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