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Students jump start their semester with new fitness classes

For Immediate Release: February 11

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Matt Miller
Director of Campus Wellness and Fitness
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E-mail: mmiller2@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 11, 2010 — This semester, Drury students are getting in shape and staying healthy by attending new fitness classes offered through Drury University’s Student Wellness Program.

All classes are free and open to full-time students from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. and at noon on Fridays. Activities include body strength and toning, cross training, group cycling and core work. There’s also a six-week fitness boot camp scheduled later in the evenings for students seeking a more intense workout. There are already more than 70 students signed up to participate in the program. “This is a great opportunity for students who are looking for fun ways to get in shape,” says Adam White, graduate assistant of campus health and wellness. “Students will be pushed in the high intensity workouts, and there are offerings for people who are new to exercise.”

The program is funded by a grant from the Student Government Association. That money also allowed the university to hire wellness instructor Ginnie Nelson who had been with the YMCA for more than nine years.

The Student Wellness Program is also offering a Healthy Lifestyles Workshop on Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Findlay Student Center to educate students on diet, exercise and dealing with stress.

“A foundation in exercise, wellness, and health promotion is a lifelong pursuit that can and should be established and solidified during the college experience,” says Matt Miller, director of campus wellness and fitness. “My hope is that this program can help build and sustain that initiative.”

Students interested in signing up for a class can visit the Barber Fitness Center to pick up a form or contact Ginnie Nelson at gnelson@drury.edu.

This student-focused initiative is just the latest improvement in wellness at Drury. Over the past year, the weights and cardio machines in the Barber Fitness Center have been upgraded along with the heating and cooling. Plus, faculty and staff have been taking part in a pilot wellness program offered over the lunch hour.

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