Alcorn’s Department of Baccalaureate Nursing to host Fat to Fit Olympic Games

Alcorn State University’s Department of Baccalaureate Nursing continues to make strides in improving the health of others.

The department will host its annual Fat to Fit Olympic events Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 at Jefferson County Elementary School in Fayette, Mississippi. The events will kick off at 8 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. Friday’s events include a 3–on-3 basketball elimination tournament, hula hoop competition, marble run and baby run. Saturday’s event include a 5K marathon, power walk-a-thon, potato sack race, 3-legged race, marble run and baby run. There will also be health screenings, games and activities that promote physical activity, bicycle giveaways and other door prizes.

Brenda Collins, assistant professor and program coordinator for the Department of Baccalaureate Nursing, mentioned a few advantages that comes with staying fit.

“Good health helps to support a positive well-being,” said Collins. “Healthy people are generally happier. Good nutrition, combined with physical activity can help lower risk for certain health conditions that are prevalent in our community. In addition, good nutrition promotes better circulation, digestion and musculoskeletal strength.”

Collins also gave advice on how to attain better health.

“Take in fewer calories than you are able to burn. Eat smaller meals each day. Eat nutrient dense foods like whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water, especially before meals. Exercise by starting out slowly and building gradually over a period of time. Include 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity cardiovascular activity and physical activity into your day. Select activities that you enjoy and are compatible with your age and physical condition.”

Mississippi is known for its high obesity rate. Collins said that the health of Mississippi residents can be changed if more emphasis was put on being more active and eating healthier.

“Our state has challenges ahead, but if we can improve our nutrition and increase physical activity levels, it can impact us as a whole. This would bring benefits such as fewer health care costs, insurance costs, longevity and many more.”

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