Health and Fitness Challenge Begins Tomorrow

Posted: March 28, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Discover a healthier you by joining George Mason’s fifth annual Health and Fitness Challenge, March 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Johnson Center Multipurpose Room. Faculty, staff, and students can take advantage of various health-related activities, information, freebies, and health screenings.

Opening ceremonies are led by Edwin Strong-Legs Richardson on March 29 at 9:30 a.m. Richardson, a Penobscot Indian, kicks off the event with a Native American blessing in ceremonial costume. “This will be a very moving experience, as it will demonstrate the mind-body connection as well as the spiritual aspects of health and fitness,” says Jan Blanchard, clinic coordinator of Student Health Services. Richardson was the first Native American to be certified as a clinical psychologist. He is an adjunct professor in the Communication Department and founder of the Kiyan Indian Consultant Group.

Take advantage of the following activities and services offered at the Health and Fitness Challenge:

  • Free and low-cost ($7 to $10) personal screenings are available for blood pressure, cholesterol, osteoporosis, body composition, vision and hearing, foot screening, and oral cancer.

  • Interested in healthier eating? Visit the Bistro in the Johnson Center to learn more about the Smart Start program from Dining Services.

  • Want to know more about alternative therapies? Take advantage of demonstrations and information on aromatherapy, herbology, massage, acupuncture, Reiki, chiropractic, and more.

  • Watch demonstrations of jazz and tap dancers, martial arts, Jazzercise, T’ai Chi Chih, and senior fitness, and meet members of the DC United team.

  • Visit the five “Gold Star” activity tables, participate, and redeem your completed challenge form for a T-shirt. Climb a 30-foot climbing wall or keep up with a cardio kickboxing demonstration class.

The Health and Fitness Challenge is sponsored by the Health and Wellness Center; the College of Nursing and Health Science; the Department of Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources; Dining Services; the University Bookstore; Celestial Seasonings; the Chickering Group; Cornerstone Office Systems; Fresh Fields Whole Foods; Dental Cosmetix; Aventis Pharmeceuticals; NovaCare; Minute Maid; Pfizer; PowerBar; Radiology Associates P.C.; and Warner Lambert.

For more information, contact Student Health Services at x32831 or the Health and Wellness Center at x33686, or visit the Health and Fitness Challenge website.

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