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Participants sought for annual Fitness Trail Challenge

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Delta State University’s Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, within the College of Education and Human Sciences, is hosting its second annual Fitness Trail Challenge on June 20.

This free event for all ages is one of several events administered through the Healthy Campus/Community Initiative.  The challenge will be held at the DSU Fitness Trail beginning at 9 a.m. On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The goal of the event is to promote health and wellness, to encourage participants to set a goal, push themselves and have fun exercising. Last year’s event had over 30 participants that accepted the challenge and pushed themselves mentally and physically.

Music will be provided to keep the participants moving and motivated as they work to reach their goal. Friends and family are encouraged to come out, cheer and provide support.

Participants will have 60 minutes to complete one or more of the following challenges:

Okra Challenge                           Statesmen Challenge                                      Warrior Challenge

(Green Headband)                             (White Headband)                                               (Black Headband)

1 mile (2 laps)                                        2 miles (4 laps)                                                       3 miles (6 laps)

25 pushups                                             100 pushups                                                            200 pushups

25 sit ups                                                  100 sit ups                                                                 200 sit ups

25 up downs                                           50 up downs                                                             75 up downs

25 step ups                                             50 step ups                                                                 75 step ups

150 jump overs                                   300 jump overs                                                        600 jump overs

4 tire pulls                                               10 tire pulls                                                              20 tire pulls

A brief meeting will be held before the start of the event to answer any questions. Staff will be available to demonstrate how to perform the exercises. Finishers will receive a head band signifying which challenge they completed.

For more information regarding the event, contact Doug Pinkerton at dpinkrtn@deltastate.edu or call 662-846-4569.

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Heart Healthy 5k scheduled in Clarksdale

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Delta State University’s Healthy Campus/Community Initiative in the Clarksdale area is hosting a Heart Healthy 5k, one-mile walk and children’s activities Feb. 28 at the Coahoma County Higher Education Center in Clarksdale, a Delta State satellite campus.

The event is free, open to the public and will be hosted at the CCHEC building at 109 Clark St. in Clarksdale. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on race day, with the race kicking off at 9 a.m.

Participants are urged to wear red.

HCCI originally developed on Delta State’s main campus five years ago in partnership with the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. Delta State recently announced a $502,000 grant from the foundation for programming expansion in the Clarksdale community.

Learn more about HCCI at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/healthy-campus-community-initiative/about.

 

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HCCI receives Governor’s Award

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Delta State University’s acclaimed Healthy Campus/Community Initiative programs were recently recognized with a 2015 Governor’s Award from the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education (MAPE).

Now in its 13th year, the annual awards recognize outstanding school-community partnerships. MAPE continues to honor the state’s top partnership programs during the Governor’s Awards luncheon. The 2015 event will be held March 18 during the PREPS-MAPE State Conference at Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, Miss.

Dr. Leslie Griffin, Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, is thrilled with the recognition.

“Our steadfast commitment is to providing every opportunity for programs in our college to partner with agencies such as the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi to enhance the lives of our region’s citizens — in this case through sharing information that will enable individuals to live healthier lifestyles,” said Griffin.

“We know that attention to appropriate nutrition and exercise returns significant health benefits,” she added. “The Coahoma County Higher Education Center is the perfect venue for expanding this program throughout this community.”

HCCI, led by Delta State’s College of Education and Humans Sciences, began in 2009 thanks to funding from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

Last year, HCCI expanded outside Bolivar County to Clarksdale after the foundation contributed a five-year $502,000 grant to provide programming at the Coahoma County Higher Education Center, a Delta State satellite campus.

Through this program, Delta State aims to transform the culture of its campus and become the flagship health and wellness university in the state. The goals of the initiative are not limited to Delta State, however.

Delta State’s faculty and students are working with local school districts, municipal leaders and the medical community to improve the health and wellness culture of the service areas.

As part of the commitment of the initiative, the Coahoma County and Clarksdale Municipal School Districts are major collaborators in spreading the message of health and wellness.

New programming provides free nutrition, health and academic curriculum, a fitness club, after school activities, leadership training and more.

For more information on HCCI’s impact, visit www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/healthy-campus-community-initiative.

The HCCI program in Clarksdale welcomes a new coordinator on board.

HCCI hires for Clarksdale area

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The Healthy Campus/Community Initiative recently hired a coordinator for the program in the Clarksdale area. Lesley Johnson began serving as coordinator for HCCI on April 1.

“I am passionate about the health and wellness of all children and especially those in the community of Clarksdale, Miss.  This unique opportunity will allow me to apply my knowledge in nutrition and physical fitness while utilizing my experience in working with children,” said Johnson.

Developed in partnership with and supported by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation for five years, the program recently received a $502,000 grant from the foundation for programming to expand to the Clarksdale community through the Coahoma County Higher Education Center (CCHEC), a Delta State satellite campus.

Director of the CCHEC Jen Waller will provide guidance and support for the program and is excited to see Johnson join the staff.

“As coordinator for the Healthy Campus/Community Initiative, Lesley will bring a much needed spark of energy and excitement to this campus and this community. I am so happy that Delta State University, and specifically Dr. Leslie Griffin, decided to expand the HCCI campaign to the CCHEC and to Clarksdale. It will make a positive difference in the lives of so many people in our area,” said Waller.

Dr. Leslie Griffin, Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, is looking forward to the community partnership.

“It is gratifying to be able to extend the Healthy Campus/Community Initiative to the Clarksdale/Coahoma community through the continued support of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Foundation. We know that communities working together can make a significant difference in the lives of its members and impact health in a positive manner. Lesley Johnson’s energy, history as a school professional, and commitment to this community position her as a strong leader for this initiative,” said Griffin.

Johnson received a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Mississippi in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology from Delta State University in 2003. Her previous work experience includes the Clarksdale Speech and Hearing Center, the Clarksdale Public School System and the Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.

For more information on HCCI’s impact, visit www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/healthy-campus-community-initiative.