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SLC revives Total Wellness Program for students

Jan. 28, 2004

By Amy Abbotts, reporter

Lose weight. Exercise more. Eat healthier. Does this sound familiar?

Many of the top new year's resolutions include losing weight, quit ing smoking, drinking less alcohol, eating right, getting fit, saving money and reducing overall stress.

Many of those resolutions involve improving one's health or physical appearance.

In an effort to combat unhealthy living, Baylor once again is offering the Total Wellness Program, an overall wellness program available to students, faculty and staff.

According to Kamila Bower, a fitness coordinator at the McLane Student Life Center, more than 50 people participated in the program last semester. Participants can learn the foundation of living a healthy, pro-active lifestyle through nutrition, fitness, counseling and coaching.

According to Van Davis, a Baylor fitness coordinator at the SLC, the program first was designed to allow anyone to sign up, but the success of the Total Wellness Program has resulted in a change in the enrollment process because of the program's ratio of staff members to students.

Students now can enroll any time between Jan. 12 and Feb. 5.

Bower directs several aspects of the program such as a pre-assessment, weekly meetings and contacts.

'This program is good for those who aren't familiar with the right steps to go through to living healthier ... it's a good starting point for them,' Bower said.

The program leads people through a six-step process that integrates health into their everyday lives.

First, participants undergo a pre-fitness assessment that monitors flexibility, eating habits and personal goals.

'We measure their body fat, their weight and then give them a three minute step test,' Bower said.

From this information, a nutritionist helps develop a tailored diet.

'Some people don't even know what a healthy meal even looks like,' Bower said.

Next, individuals have a workout routine designed specifically for them. A fitness trainer meets with the individual once every other week to assist with the workout, and a motivational coach encourages the participant to keep striving toward his or her goal.

'I think the program is especially good for people who don't have much background in nutrition and fitness,' Katie Jo New, a Liberty, Mo. Sophomore, said.

New said she only recently learned about the availability of the Total Wellness Program at Baylor.

'You don't have to walk into the workout facilities and feel lost because you don't know where to start,' New said.

The last step, a post-assessment test, then determines areas of success and improvement.

According to a Total Wellness Program flyer, the program costs $25 for students and $35 for faculty and staff.

This fee includes a T-shirt upon completion of the program, three free passes to Bearobics, a discount for a Baylor therapeutic massage, discount coupons to local vendors and other special rewards.

Perhaps 2004 will prove to be a successful year for overall health ... at least here at Baylor.

For more information, contact the Total Wellness Center at 710-7537.