WRSC celebrates National Health and Fitness Day
Contact: Lori Ann Prado, Intern 381-2741
Posted: 05/23/2008
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The University of Texas-Pan American Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex (WRSC) celebrated National Health and Fitness Day Wednesday May 21, with fitness games, booths and classes for UTPA faculty and staff.

James Langabeer (forefront), vice president for the UTPA Division of Business Affairs, is one of a number of staff and faculty members who exercised at the WRSC event May 21.
"This is a nationally recognized day," WRSC Marketing Intern Gabriel Quintanilla from Edinburg said. "This event is geared toward faculty and staff, and is also available to the public."

The day was an opportunity for the WRSC to promote campus involvement and healthy living among the entire UTPA community. The faculty and staff departmental challenge rewarded points to those who participated in different activities. The UTPA department, staff member and student with the most points won prizes including guest passes, a pedometer, water bottles and a grand prize of office delivered fitness classes and assessments. Winners included the Border Health Office, staff member Galina Reyes and student Oscar Santa Maria III.

"We want to show that there are plenty of ways to live a healthy lifestyle. Our goal is to promote wellness, and we hope that through these events they will choose to live a healthy life," Quintanilla said.

National Health and Fitness Day, celebrated the third Wednesday in May each year, also offered health information and free giveaways to participants.

Pictured is Katrina Luna, compliance specialist at the UTPA Division of Business Affairs, as she gets her blood pressure checked by Gloria Sparks (left), licensed vocational nurse for the UTPA Student Health Services, during the WRSC's National Health and Fitness Day. Looking on is Celeste Cavazos, grants and contracts specialist at College Access and Support Programs.
Jacqueline Adams, fitness and wellness coordinator, believes the power of exercise can have a positive effect on students, faculty and staff, as well as improve overall mood and increase brain activity.

"We want to encourage faculty and staff to participate not only at this event, but in the rec center in general," Adams said.

Several UTPA professors and administrators took up the challenge to live a healthier lifestyle and participated in fitness classes.

"I usually come every day, Monday through Friday, to stay well and away from sickness," said Abdallah Aounallah, UTPA math lecturer. "I always encourage my students to come and participate in these types of events."

The WRSC staff hopes to see continued success at their events, as well as increased involvement by the University community.

For more information regarding the WRSC or to learn about future events, contact 956/292-7808.