CCC Fit for Life kicks off semester with new bikes, classes
CLARKSDALE – It looked like “Tour de Coahoma” Monday morning as Coahoma Community College faculty, staff, students and community members test-drove 15 new, personalized “Fit for Life” fitness bikes around campus.

CCC Fit for Life kicks off semester with new bikes, classes

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Tue Aug 29, 2017

CLARKSDALE – It looked like “Tour de Coahoma” Monday morning as Coahoma Community College faculty, staff, students and community members test-drove 15 new, personalized “Fit for Life” fitness bikes around campus.

The bikes, which are now available for checkout at CCC’s Fitness Center, were purchased through a $299,854 grant awarded to CCC by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation earlier this year.

Since 2015, CCC has received a total of $500,000 in funding from the organization to implement the health and wellness initiative on campus, surrounding communities and schools.

“I want to give a sincere thanks to the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation who has been receptive to our plans to create and sustain health and wellness awareness on our campus,” said CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner, who led the bike gang up and down campus sidewalks and roadways during the event.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to help people become more health conscious so they’ll feel better, because when you feel better, you can be more effective in the classroom and at work. Our hope is that this lifestyle change becomes infectious and participants will pass it on to their family members and others in the community.”

CCC Fit for Life Coordinator Taurean Morton said cycling is not only fun, but it also has a ton of health benefits—both physical and mental.

“Most people, from childhood, have learned how to ride a bike,” Morton said. “While some people are fearful of the weight room because they think it’s something for individuals who are already fit, cycling is something that they can relate to culturally and recreationally that eliminates the stress of performance.”

According to Morton, the bikes are just one of the many ways the program plans to increase health and wellness opportunities on campus this semester.

In addition to adding CCC Football Wide-Receivers Coach Bam Bryant to its list of instructors, the program is also unrolling two new classes—Zumba Step and Step Kick-Boxing.

“We’re making it easier for people of different backgrounds to come in and work out. We have the bikes, we have several dance classes—Step Aerobics, Zumba, as well as Strength and Conditioning,” said Morton. “We also have the fitness trail that was recently rubberized that individuals can use to run and walk.”

The program will also provide more nutritional counseling with the introduction of “Flip Friday” lunches.

“Each Friday we’ll be visiting different buildings across campus and providing them with a healthy lunch alternative,” explained Morton.

This past Friday, “Flip Friday” kicked off by offering individuals in CCC’s J.W. Addison building free turkey sandwiches on whole grain wheat bread, fruit cups, unsweet tea and water.

“Our goal is to show that you can be satisfied without eating a lot of fat and calories,” said Morton. “We’re trying to demonstrate ways to eat healthier instead of relying on fast food, convenience stores and vending machines.”

Individuals can stop by the Fitness Center (located north of the Zee A. Barron Student Union) to learn more about the many health and wellness opportunities the program offers.

A complete class schedule and registration is also available online at www.coahomacc.edu/fitforlife.

“Whenever you get the urge to workout to take charge of or maintain your fitness, we are here for you,” Morton said.

For questions or more information, contact Morton at (662) 621-4236 or tmorton@coahomacc.edu

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