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UC Hosts Dare to Compare: Fitness Five


UC instructors and students participated in the annual Dare to Compare: Fitness Five event

Williamsburg, KY. - On Thursday, April 14, 2011, the University of the Cumberlands Health, Exercise & Sports Science (HESS) Department & Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center hosted its annual Dare to Compare: Fitness Five (D2C:F5)event in the O. Wayne Rollins Center.

During this event, students were able to have their blood cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure measured free of charge compliments of Jellico Community Hospital. In addition to this, students were able to have their five components of fitness assessed by the HESS faculty and senior level majors.


Businesses in the community helped sponsor Dare to Compare: Fitness Five and were actively educating students about health and fitness.

Dr. Cindi Norton, the HESS Department Chair and Professor, commented, “One of the highlights of our event was President and Mrs. Taylor's participation. When I arrived at the Rollins Center they had already begun one of the five components of fitness – the walk/run. Mrs. Taylor had her blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol screened and seemed to enjoy the event. President Taylor is an avid supporter of the D2C:F5 event and responsible for the event’s continued growth and expansion.”

Approximately 250 individuals attended and participated in the April D2C:F5 event and participants ranged in ages from 2 years to 76 years. Individuals of all ages are welcome as it is never too early to begin to improve and/or maintain one’s health and fitness.

There were 10 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: Jellico Community Hospital, Care Plus- Williamsburg Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Live Well Program from Jellico Hospital, Tobacco Prevention and Nutrition Education from the Whitley County Health Department, Victim Prevention Services & COPE- Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center, HESS Nutrition Information from UC, Christopher Chiropractic in Williamsburg, and Community Health Services of Baptist Regional Medical Center.

Information and services such as free health screenings, educational resources, neck and back massages and nutritious yogurt parfaits were all offered free of charge. The ongoing participation of these community organizations is appreciated and indicative of the community’s support of the efforts to assist the community in improving their overall health.

“Fitness Five and Dare to Compare is a great way to encourage people that they are not alone at whatever fitness level they are currently at,” commented UC student Matt Smith. “In taking steps in the right direction with exercise, the hardest part is the first step. I find that encouragement from your peers and exercise partners has been proven to be the best way for people to take the first step and Dare to Compare.”

“This has been a great time,” commented Cindy Fults from Care Plus (Williamsburg Occupational Health and Rehabilitation). “I’m glad we can help promote core strength.”

Dr. James Key, a professor who has worked the D2C since its beginning, commented, “I thought the event went pretty well this year. Unfortunately, the school systems couldn’t send the students this year as much as they have in the past due to budget problems. I think it is a program that fits in with the mission of the university and our department. This is a great opportunity for our students to apply what they have been learning here throughout their college career. I’m hoping that even though this is my last official D2C at UC, I hope to institute the same style of program where I am moving to. I may be retiring, but I’m not quitting life.”