SC State prepares to get “FIT” as semester begins

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

SC State University will unveil a campus-wide fitness trail to the University family and local community to further the efforts toward eliminating the metabolic syndrome – high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 at 9 a.m., next to the Grants and Contracts Office (former Y-Hut Building) on the campus of SC State University.

SC State adopted Project EXPORT, a center of excellence designed to eliminate health disparities, particularly high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and obesity (H3O) in communities statewide by building sustainable collaborative partnerships.

The President’s Health Initiative was later implemented under Project EXPORT to empower faculty, staff and students to make healthy lifestyle changes.

“The Bulldog Fitness Trail is the initial launching of the Project’s outreach efforts to build the fitness equipment infrastructure on campus and provide a unique environment for people to improve their fitness level,” said Dr. Judith Salley-Guydon, project executive director. “Currently, 40% of African Americans in the state are hypertensive, 61% of the State’s population is obese and SC ranks 9th in the Nation for diabetes. We are excited to share President’s Health Initiative developed fitness trail with the SC State University family and local communities to combat the metabolic syndrome,” she added.

SC State’s President, Dr. George E. Cooper, will lead the first fitness trail walk for faculty, staff, students.

The SC State “Bulldog Fitness Trail” is a two mile route around the university campus. The fitness trail features eight individual fitness stations along with one consolidated fitness center. Each station contains at least two exercises that provide a total body workout. The fitness trail can be accessed at any point or time along the two mile route. The Bulldog Fitness Trail maps are available in the Project EXPORT clinical research unit in the Brooks Health Center on SC State campus.

The EXPORT Center of Excellence on Minority Health is a collaborative partnership between SC State University and the Medical University of South Carolina funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. Visit the EXPORT Center online at