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University of the Cumberlands hosts Dare to Compare: Fitness Five


A student grimaces slightly at the prick needed to test her blood glucose level.

Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) hosted the Dare to Compare: Fitness Five Event on Thursday, March 29th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the O. Wayne Rollins Center. The event is held every six months has been in place for over 10 years.

Dare to Compare is a free event sponsored by the UC’s Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science (HESS) and the Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center. Dare to Compare is a fun health and fitness educational program for all ages. The public is even encouraged to take advantage of the free health assessment screenings provided during the day’s activities.

Dr. Cindy Norton, professor and chair of Cumberlands’ Health, Exercise and Sport Science (HESS) Department, stated, “The event offers participants an opportunity to assess their five components of fitness as well as health components such as blood pressure, blood glucose, and blood cholesterol. The event has been most successful in reaching college age students, faculty, and staff as well as community members who are interested in achieving and maintaining a higher level of health and fitness.”

Almost 300 people participated in the event where they were able to have their cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure measured free of charge compliments of Jellico Community Hospital. In addition, students were able to have their five components of fitness assessed by the HESS faculty and senior level majors.

There were eight exhibitors representing the Jellico, Williamsburg and Corbin areas. Health and fitness professionals provided health and/or fitness information, counseling and resources to participants at the event and included the following organizations: Whitley Co. Health Department, Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center and Rape Victims Services, Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center and Early Intervention/First Steps, Care Plus, Jellico Community Hospital, PT Solutions, Live Well, and Christopher Chiropractic.

"It has been a privilege to be a part of Dare to Compare: Fitness Five (D2C:F5) from its infancy to its present state,” stated Norton. “Last Thursday marked the end of my service with D2C:F5 since I will be retiring from UC in July 2012. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the faculty, staff, students and the community over the past 11 years. I wish the HESS Department the very best as they continue to provide this program each semester."

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.