Medical Education Campus (MEC) faculty, staff and students enjoyed winter break and were glad to be back for another exciting semester. At the start of the year, Student Life Senior Advisor Patricia Martin-Mattocks worked to help the MEC family jump-start their resolutions to get healthy and to get fit through more exercise.
Studies show that the benefits of an active lifestyle are numerous. It not only improves heart, muscle and lung strength but it also reduces stress and increases individual lifespan by decreasing the risk of chronic illness. There is also a direct correlation between academic success and fitness levels.
Over 400 participants took advantage of the activities planned for the first week of the spring semester. Get-Fit Week featured special fitness classes like yoga and Zumba, jump rope challenges, healthy snacks and a heart-healthy luncheon on January 12. The week also provided an opportunity for students to be advised on how to stay financially fit with financial aid advisors and sign up with Young Invincibles, an organization committed to helping young adults on issues around health care, higher education and jobs.
During the week, faculty, staff and students enthusiastically discussed answers to quizzes related to health and financial aid while having the chance to win health-related giveaways. The Get-Fit Week Quiz winner was Cornelius Liclic and the Financial Aid Fitbit winner was Maria Ifikhar. The jump rope winner was Tony Wang with 125 jumps nonstop. The top three physical activities that students would like to see on campus were walking/running, kickboxing and soccer.
MEC Student Life will continue to provide events, activities, student organization fundraisers, leadership opportunities and student advocacy throughout spring semester.