Texas Tech Fitness Project Focuses On Making Each Minute Count

It's time for health-conscious members of the Texas Tech community to sign up for the third annual F.I.T. Tech program. Teams can register for F.I.T. Tech III starting Jan. 22 through Feb. 3 by downloading the form from the F.I.T. Tech Web site (http://www.ttu.edu/fittech).

DATE: Jan. 11, 2006
CONTACT: Gretchen Pressley, gretchen.m.pressley@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

It’s time for health-conscious members of the Texas Tech community to sign up for the third annual F.I.T. Tech program. Teams can register for F.I.T. Tech III starting Jan. 22 through Feb. 3 by downloading the form from the F.I.T. Tech Web site (http://www.ttu.edu/fittech).

F.I.T. Tech, which stands for fitness, information, and technology, is an annual eight-week program designed to help Texas Tech faculty, students and staff develop healthy eating habits and engage in more physical activity. With 64 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 to manage weight. Since 77 percent of Americans are not getting enough fruits and vegetables, teams will be encouraged to eat more from this food group as they increase their physical activity.

Instead of counting miles as in previous events, this year’s goal is for each team, made up of six members, to exercise or engage in physical activity at one of three levels of participation. Level One, called Raider Rookie, makes sure that adults get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day for six days of the week. Level Two, known as Raider Power, and Level Three, Raider Warriors, are based on 45 and 60 minutes a day.

“Our most precious commodity is time,” said Debra Reed, professor of nutrition, hospitality, and retailing and F.I.T. Tech III committee member. “We want to reward people, not for miles, but for how much time they are willing to spend on physical activity.”

The kick-off ceremony for F.I.T. Tech III will be on Saturday (Feb. 3). The ceremony will begin with preliminary events and presentations, and the starting walk will begin at 1 p.m.

Throughout the eight-week program, each group will tally their minutes and submit the data to F.I.T. Tech each week. In addition, team members can choose to attend weekly seminars to earn extra minutes. Prizes will be awarded on a weekly basis.

F.I.T. Tech was named one of ten recipients of the 2006 Nutrition and Physical Activity Best Practices Recognition Program award by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention Program.

CONTACT: Debra Reed, professor of nutrition, hospitality, and retailing (806) 742-3068 ext. 251 or debra.reed@ttu.edu