By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer
Looking to get in better shape? The University of the Cumberlands will hold a fitness fair on Thursday.
The Fitness 5/Dare to Compare Health and Fitness Fair, “D2C! — The Formula for Fitness!” event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The activity will take place at the O. Wayne Rollins Center gym and the James H. Taylor II Stadium track rain or shine.
A free event sponsored by UC’s Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science, Dare to Compare is a fun health and fitness educational program for all ages, according to Dr. Anita Bowman, professor and chair of Cumberlands’ Health, Exercise, and Sport Science (HESS) Department.
The public is encouraged to take advantage of free health assessments screenings provided during the day’s festivities. “There is no need to sign up – just show up,” Bowman said.
The event is held biannually.
“We have it two times a year and encourage the public to come to both events to monitor changes in their health and fitness,” Bowman.
“There is something for everyone; some of the fitness assessments are geared for the more fit, but there are assessments that are good for everyone,” Bowman said.
Educational health advocates will have booths set up during the event.
“There will be many vendors that will come in to provide a broad base of educational health care information,” Bowman said.
Students from the HESS department will be participating in the event for a “service learning opportunity.”
“Dare to Compare: Fitness Five allows the Health, Exercise and Sport Science Department to give back to the campus and community while instilling service learning to our future health care providers,” Bowman said.
The event offers participants an opportunity to assess the five components of fitness as well as health components such as blood pressure, blood glucose and blood cholesterol. Jellico Community Hospital will be on site conducting glucose and cholesterol screenings.
“If they went to the doctor un-insured it would cost over a hundred dollars to have these two screenings, Bowman said, encouraging people to come out and take advantage of the free event.
According to Bowman, the event has been most successful in reaching college age students, faculty and staff as well as community members who are interested in achieving and maintaining a higher level of health and fitness.
Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. If interested in participating, go to the James H. Taylor II Stadium track and football field for the walk/run component of the screening.
The spring event will be held on April 4.
For more information, contact Dr. Anita Bowman or the HESS Department at 606-539-4411.