Alcorn’s Department of HPER encourage healthy living with Blue Cross Blue Shield Braves for Fitness Program

Alcorn State University’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) encourages students, faculty and staff to get up and get fit for a healthier lifestyle.

The Department’s Blue Cross Blue Shield Braves for Fitness Program will start Monday, May 8 in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex’s Dance Room from 5 to 5:50 p.m. and the James L. Bolden Student Union Fitness Center from 6 to 6:50 p.m. Program orientation and a pre-fitness test will be held Wednesday, April 26 in the Dance Room. Classes will include zumba, strength and conditioning, spinning cycle high intensive interval training and yoga.

Perspective participants should submit an application form and complete a pre-fitness test prior to joining the exercise class.

Dr. Dongwook Cho, assistant professor in the Department of HPER, is confident in the program’s mission to motivate participants to enhance their lives through dieting and exercise.

“This program has been effective in changing behavior and habits in physical fitness, nutritional standards for individual and family care and health care maintenance,” said Cho. “The goal of the program is to reduce the rate of obesity and other related conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.”

Bradford Shedrick, fitness coordinator for the program, said that in order to exercise and diet consistently, one must be mentally strong enough to endure the process.

“Being fit and eating healthy plays a huge part in your life by helping you to be more mobile when you get older,” said Shedrick. “By engaging in moderate or intense exercises, you can slow down the aging process. Being fit is more than being active occasionally; being fit is a lifestyle. Being fit is also a mindset. If your mind isn’t healthy, then your spirit and body won’t be healthy.”

For more information, contact Cho at (601) 877-6503 or [email protected] or Shedrick at (601) 877-6667.

  • Athletic A.jpg