Frostburg State University’s “Creating Healthy, Informed, Lasting Lifestyles (CHILL) Program recognized the top student and staff winners of its “Let’s Walk, Let’s CHILL” month-long physical activity competition during halftime of the FSU Homecoming football game on Oct. 4.
The top student winner, freshman Robbie Wullschleger, walked and ran for more than 102 miles and exercised for more than 73 hours during the course of the competition by playing and practicing his soccer skills. Wullschleger commented on the importance of his fellow Bobcats to maintain a healthy lifestyle based on national trends.
“The U.S. as a country is overweight, and we can help this by practicing physical wellness, “ Wullschleger said.
Top staff winner Jaron Hawkins, a lecturer in the Geography department, logged over 485 miles of walking and running. Hawkins, who is preparing for a marathon, enjoys running and averages 100 miles per week by running 90 minutes daily.
“My drive to improve competitively is what forces me to stay active,” Hawkins said.
Top team winners Doug Baer, Bobby Bonser and Tim Smith logged over 276 miles by working out as a group. Baer, area coordinator for Residence Life; Bonser, a senior athletic training major; and Smith, a graduate student in the Administration and Supervision program, schedule time to play a few games of ultimate Frisbee each week.
As part of the competition, FSU participants logged over 711 hours of physical activity on MyStartOnline.org, a free Web site provided by the American Heart Association.
Wellness Coordinator April Baer hopes that FSU participants will continue the momentum.
“The goal of this program was to promote healthy habits during an otherwise busy time for our students and staff,” said Baer. “Each of our winners used their leisure time to be active; we hope that they will serve as examples of the overall benefits of leading a healthy and happy lifestyle.”
Doug Baer promoted this program through his ORIE class, which introduces first-year students to the many exercise possibilities in the Frostburg area.
“We are in a great location in Maryland, with beautiful scenery around us and a plethora of physical activities to become a part of. Students, faculty and staff are really missing out if they live here all year and don’t take advantage of all the amazing trails, hikes, slopes and more,” Baer said.
The event is part of CHILL, FSU’s science and wellness-centered initiative to promote health practices and education among college students and the Frostburg community, and is made possible thanks to a $228,225 contribution from co-sponsor AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.
For information on CHILL, contact April Baer, FSU Project Coordinator for University Wellness, at 301-687-3035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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