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Fitness and health among top student resolutions

By Ellen McCauley
On February 10, 2014


Although people often poke fun at New Year's Resolutions because they are rarely kept, students and faculty at Kirkwood Community College aren't discouraged by this stereotype.

Carrie Martin, medical assisting emphasis, said she made a resolution to be more active and organized this year. Because of Martin's determination, she said she is seeing progress. 

"I didn't write it down but this year I've been making myself consistently go to the gym and to be more organized. I'm pro-actively doing it, too," Martin said. "That was one of my biggest thoughts, putting your thoughts into action and applying those steps," She added. 

According to Brett Baumgart, Rec Center and intramural coordinator, there has been an increase in Rec Center attendance at the start of 2014. Although weather also plays a large role in the spiked attendance, Baumgart said he believes many in the Kirkwood community are making use of the facilities. 

"People want to lose an extra couple pounds and New Year's Resolutions are definitely a factor in picking up our (Eagle card) swipes per day," Baumgart said. "Here in the fall students can still play sand volleyball outside but in the spring especially on a day when it's 30 below, you definitely just want to get inside and stay inside a while."

In addition to staying active, a change in diet can help shed pounds or get fit to reach goals for the new year. Kim Pritts,  Campus Health nurse, said she believes that both are important to be successful with a New Year's Resolution, stating that "you're more apt to stick with it."

Keeping an open eye is also important according to Pritts. Learning to read nutrition labels and knowing which ingredients to stay away from can make a big difference toward achieving an active and healthier state. 

"A lot of times when students come to school you guys are so busy, you don't have time to cook and don't have the money to cook," Pritts said.  "So a lot of times you turn to the food."

Pritts recommended working out with friends as well as buying dinner together to cook healthier choices. According to Pritts, "It's so much more fun." 

Kirkwood offers many different resources for students looking to achieve their New Years Resolutions. Campus Health offers various brochures such as 'How to Read a Food Label' and 'Eating Well with No Time and No Money,' as well as information about vegetarianism and cholesterol. Pritts also suggested the web site which offers tools to track calorie intake, calorie burn charts and a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator. 

"You know, healthy choices, you want them to be easy choices," Pritts said. "You're going to improve the quality of your life. You're going to be able to study more, you'll wake up and have a clear mind and you'll do better on your tests."

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