Saturday, April 24, 2010
Today, diabetes is one of the most serious health challenges facing more than 30 million African-Americans. The prevalence of diabetes among African Americans is about 70 percent higher than among White-Americans. Diabetes and hypertension are two of the most common diseases that affect African-Americans.
SC State University’s Brooks Health Center, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Physical Education, are getting the students of SC State University fit. The two departments will host the Bulldog Fitness Festival that will consist of a one and three mile walk/run competition and a Fitness Carnival. All events will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2010. Registration for the walk/run competition is from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The competition begins at 9 a.m. Prices for the one mile walk/run are $10 and $15 for the three mile walk/run.
The race will begin and end at The Lorry H. Dawkins Track Facility located behind the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium. The Fitness Carnival will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at the Staley Hall Field.
Two student interns assisted with the implementation of the Fitness Carnival. Addie Mclaren and Korey Boyd are senior health and physical education majors at SC State University. “Being fit improves your quality of life, self esteem and our life expectancy. It is a very simple process to live a healthy life,” said Boyd.
During the Bulldog Fitness Festival, the Biggest Bulldog Fitness Challenge winner will also be announced. The Biggest Bulldog Fitness Challenge was initiated on Monday, March 22, 2010. Participants received a nutritional consultation and body measurements were taken. The winner will be a male and female who reached their most attainable goal through body measurements. They will receive a monetary reward.
“The reason why we initiated thebiggest Bulldog Fitness Challenge, was so that our students can make life-long behavior changes with their eating habits. Being fit is so important to a long and healthy life,” said Pinkey Carter, director of SC State University’s Brooks Health Center.
“Most students gain the freshmen 15, or 15 pounds during their freshmen year, due to the amount of stress and academic pressures as well as poor eating habits. Our objective is to not only to create activities that will enhance their overall fitness level, but we must also continue to try to enhance programs that will create a healthy lifestyle for students, faculty and staff, and administrators as well,” stated Dr. Dwight Varnum, advisor to the Health and Physical Education Majors Club and associate professor of Health Sciences and Physical Education. “During the Bulldog Fitness Festival, we want to provide specific activities such as human fosse ball, human bungee, ladder control, fitness obstacle course and rock climbing,” said Varnum. Partial monetary proceeds from the Bulldog Fitness Festival will assist with the Haiti Relief Effort.
For additional information about the Bulldog Fitness Festival, contact Pinkey Carter at (803) 536-7055, or Dr. Varnum at (803) 536- 7139.