Written by John Preer
With spring break right around the corner, many VSU students are trying to get into shape and look their best.
On Wednesday, VSU hosted “Fitness Frenzy” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the front lawn and featured different organizations which provided information on staying fit and having a healthy lifestyle.
For those who were not so interested in changing their eating habits but still care about physical fitness, there was a booth where participants could sign up for a gym membership and receive a free personal trainer session or visit to the Kenetix Health Club. Kenetix is also having a customer appreciation party today where they will be signing up new members and facilitating a prize giveaway.
Some organizations like The Wellness Councils of America, were supplying event participants with brochures full of tips on affordable, healthy eating habits. The brochures provided readers with an easy-to-follow meal plan, and charts with serving size suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Along with quick homemade meal suggestions, the brochures listed meals available at popular fast food chains that are low in calories and fat.
Other organizations were promoting future fitness walks and outdoor activities.
The VSU Walking Club will host a contest in which qualifying members compete for a three-day cruise for two. Those interested in the grand prize are required to pay an $8 contest fee and log a minimum of 231 miles between Feb. 11 and April 28. Other qualifying members will also be eligible for many other prizes.
When participants first arrived at the event, they were given a card that they carried around to each individual booth. The representatives supplied participants with a star-shaped sticker to prove they visited their respective booths. The goal was to collect as many stars before the event ended. At the event’s conclusion, participants had the opportunity of turning in their sticker cards and entering into a raffle for a slew of prizes.
There were also games that event-goers could play in order to fill their cards with stickers. The games ranged from volleyball to a sack toss. After participants worked up a sweat, they could walk over to the VSU Campus Wellness booth and get their blood pressure and heart rate measured.
The Valdosta Chiropractic and Rehab booth provided pamphlets that listed the many uses for chiropractic therapy. They suggested that therapy was for more than people suffering from back problems. According to the literature provided by the vendor, chiropractic therapy can be used to combat acute coryza (better known as the common cold.) There was even an on-site massage therapist providing free massages and information about the health benefits that massages offer to those who partake in them.
In addition to providing information that helps maintain a healthy lifestyle, certain booths offered literature on things that are counterintuitive to healthy living. The Alcohol and Drug awareness booth vendors displayed replicas of common street drugs and brochures on the damaging effects they have on the body. They also offered pamphlets about support groups and clinics for those struggling with drug abuse.