UTPA Celebrates National Employee Health and Fitness Day
Contact: Amanda Perez, Intern 381-2741
Posted: 05/21/2009
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To promote healthy lifestyles among faculty and staff, The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated National Employee Health and Fitness Day May 20.

Pictured is Jacqueline Adams, fitness and wellness coordinator for the UTPA Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex, giving fitness classes to UTPA faculty, staff and students at the event.

"This event was held to encourage the UTPA population to become aware of their current health based on the services we provided," Jacqueline Adams, fitness and wellness coordinator said. "According to recent data, the top risk conditions for the UTPA faculty and staff population are diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol," she said.

The event "Know your Numbers," was held in the Library Lobby and focused on bringing health awareness to all UTPA faculty and staff. About 55 attended and were offered free blood glucose checks, blood pressure tests, circumference measurements, body mass index measurements and height, weight and body fat percent measurements.

These conditions can be prevented or modified. Therefore, the goal of this event was to provide information that will help individuals engage in healthier lifestyles.

"We hope that individuals will use the health information provided to set health goals for themselves," Adams said.

The celebration continued in the Wellness and Recreation Sports Complex. UTPA students, faculty and staff and their families were invited to learn that fitness can be fun.

They learned how to engage in healthier lifestyles by participating in fitness activities. Criselda Garcia, UTPA faculty member from the College of Education Curriculum and Instruction Department and her son were among the attendees.

"Events like this are a good idea. They stress the importance of good health to the community," Garcia said. "I believe it doesn't matter what type of fitness activity you do, as long as you're physically active," she said.

UTPA student, Ruben Moreno agrees that it is good to be physically active.

"I think it is better to be physically active than to use a Wii and other TV games as a substitute," Moreno said.

There were 20 minute sample group exercise classes for people to try. They were also invited to view the weight room, rock wall and swimming pool. In addition, there was a kid corner equipped with games that will help them stay physically fit as well.

"This is a great way to showcase a variety of activities offered here at the Wellness and Recreation Sports Complex and a great way for individuals to learn that fitness can be fun for everyone," Adams said.

To learn more on National Employee Health and Fitness Day or the Wellness and Recreation Sports Complex, contact Adams at 956/292-7805.