College students from across the state are dedicating this week to healthier living with the “Get Fit Movement” promoting health screenings, yoga classes, martial arts, boxing, dancing, alcohol awareness and mental health activities.
Each year, the nine Student Government Association presidents at each of the University of Louisiana System’s nine schools commit to a service learning project.
Last year’s project was promoting recycling with Keep Louisiana Beautiful. This year, students chose to promote physical and mental health awareness.
One of the main ideas is to get people to get active one week after people gorged themselves on Halloween candy. An overall goal is to reach 1,000 participants in five days.
UL System President Sandra Woodley recognized students for taking initiative in a state the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported had the highest rate of obesity in the nation last year at 35 percent.
“Our student leaders are to be commended for coordinating this project not only for going above and beyond their commitments in the classroom, but also for targeting a very real problem in Louisiana,” Woodley said in a statement.
The “Get Fit Movement” kicked off Monday with health and safety fairs, information sessions and other activities.
For a list of activities going on this week at the UL System’s different schools, contact the following SGA presidents:
- Jordan Harvey, Grambling State University, email@example.com.
- Allison East, Louisiana Tech University, ace007@ latech.edu.
- Davante Lewis, McNeese State University, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Melissa Cloutet, Nicholls State University, sga.president @nicholls.edu.
- Kyla Winey, Northwestern State University, email@example.com.
- Greg Crovetto, Southeastern Louisiana University, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- David Neef, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, email@example.com.
- Jana Robinson, University of Louisiana at Monroe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Brandon Bonds, University of New Orleans, email@example.com.