FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 15, 2006
Contact: Deana Middleton
Shape Up & Ship Out returns
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Approximately 160 participants signed up
for the Shape Up & Ship out contest, which recently kicked
off at Mississippi University for Women.
The program, which is in its second year, is being sponsored
by the campus recreation office at MUW, the health and
kinesiology health education graduate studies program and
the MUW Foundation.
“I am very excited about this year’s competition, and it is
great to see so many people wanting to improve their overall
health and well being,” said Betsy Spencer, business and
facilities coordinator for campus recreation. “The goal of
this program is to give people an incentive to become more
active and that will hopefully result in them making health
and fitness a priority in their lives.”
Teams will compete to lose weight in hopes of garnering the
grand prize--a certificate toward a cruise. Another
certificate will be awarded through a random drawing of all
teams that meet program requirements.
The contest is open to MUW students and individuals with a
campus recreation membership. Each team member must workout
and receive a minimum of 30 stamps on their Shape Up & Ship
Out card. Workouts have to be done in the Fitness Center,
the Bubble, the Mississippi School for Mathematics and
Science pool or through campus recreation fitness classes
and be at least 30 minutes long.
Besides the workouts, one of the team members must attend
one of the educational sessions, and mandatory weigh-ins
will take place every two weeks.
According to Dr. Joyce Yates, coordinator of the graduate
studies in health education program, Mississippi still leads
in obesity rates for states, and it is critical that health
educators support initiatives that promote physical activity
and nutritious diets.
The American Heart Association Statistical Sourcebook (2005)
reported that 65 percent of adults age 20 and older in the
United States are either overweight or obese.
Yates said, “The choices that individuals make about eating
and exercise play a huge role in quality of life and disease
prevention. Shape Up & Ship Out provides a program that
enhances support, activity and change in lifestyle.”
The contest goes on until Friday, April 14.
For more information, contact Campus Recreation at 241-7494