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Cumberlands Host Fitness 5/Dare to Compare Event


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) hosted its annual semester Fitness 5/Dare to Compare Health and Fitness Fair on Thursday, April 4th in the O. Wayne Rollins Center located on the UC campus. This free health and fitness event, which began 13 years ago, is hosted by the UC Health, Exercise and Sport Science (HESS) Department.

“This is a great service learning tool for our students,” said Dr. Anita Bowman, HESS Chair. “We do all these tests in class, but this fair allows them to form these assessments on actual clients. With today’s technology, people have lost social skills. So clinical interaction is important and it allows our students to mingle with others.”

Dare to Compare is designed for students, faculty, staff, and community members to assess the five components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. All of this is done free of charge.

“It’s good to see where your stats are at being healthy,” said UC student, Matt Madrigal. “Not everyone is an athlete and it is important for them to keep track of their health.”

Many outside health professionals and organizations were on hand at the fair as well to provide health education and resources whereby participants can seek further information and services as needed. Organizations in attendance were: the Whitley County Health Department, Care Plus, PT Solutions, Jellico Community Hospital, Christopher Chiropractic, Victim Services, and Teresa Etter selling Tupper Ware.

“All these organizations help provide a good test to measure your health and physical fitness,” said UC student, Hannah Johnson. “By participating every semester, I am able to continually know where my health stands.”

According to studies by the Kentucky State Data Center and the Center for Disease Control, Whitley County is in need of help. With over 40 thousand in the county, 39% of them lack physical activity with has sent 66% of the population overweight. 37% of the community is obese and 38% are in bad health. All of these percentages are below the Kentucky and National levels.

“The fair is a way to measure one’s physical capacity,” said Ms. Connie Howard, Associate Professor. “It helps promote a healthy lifestyle to the community.”

The HESS Department and other organizations are hoping that by providing this fair twice a year it will allow for students, faculty, staff, and the community to start living a better life. “This is a free assessment for anyone that wants to come,” said Dr. Bowman. “Having all these organizations here to provide free, accessible health care and to share methods of living a healthy lifestyle at one time is a great resource everyone should take advantage of.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees 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.