UW-Stout News Story

They like to move it: Annual campus exercise program begins

January 30, 2012

Moderate physical activity can have numerous benefits, not the least of which are helping people lose weight and feel better. But did you know that it can lower the risk of diabetes by 60 percent, lower the risk of heart disease by 50 percent and lower the risk of breast or colon cancer by 30 to 50 percent?

Students, faculty and staff at UW-Stout can be more active during the annual Move it Stout program, which began Sunday, Jan. 29. Teams participate for seven weeks while logging the number of minutes they exercise together or individually.

The program’s weekly goals increase from 90 minutes of exercise per person the first week to 160 minutes per person the final week. The recommendations are based on the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines.

“The goal is to promote an active and healthy lifestyle in a fun way,” said Anoop Balachandran, University Recreation fitness coordinator.

Participants receive a T-shirt and are eligible for weekly prize drawings. Move it Stout is co-sponsored by Student Health Services and University Recreation.

For more information, go to http://www.uwstout.edu/urec/hfc/move-it-stout.cfm.

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