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UC Hosts Dare to Compare Event


Participants test their muscular strength as they perform push-up at the UC Dare 2 Compare October event.

Williamsburg, Ky. — University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) hosted its annual Dare to Compare fitness event on Thursday, October 6 in the O Wayne. Rollins Center located on the UC campus. This free health and fitness event which began over ten years ago is hosted by the Health, Exercise and Sport Science Department in partnership with the Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center.

Dare to Compare is a place for students, faculty, staff, and community members to assess the five components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. In addition, Jellico Community Hospital offered free blood cholesterol screenings. Local health and fitness organizations attended and provided health education and resources whereby participants can seek further information and services as needed.

“This event provides our students an opportunity to assess their health and fitness levels free of charge to determine their current status,” says Dr. Cynthia Norton, Health Education Department Chair. “Hopefully, individuals will make small lifestyle changes in an effort to make improvements in their overall health fitness. Since the event is held every six months (April and October) students can regularly evaluate what improvements they have made throughout the year.”

University of the Cumberlands Health, Exercise and Sport Science Department in collaboration with local health, fitness, and mental health agencies have come together to address the rising incidence of obesity and physical inactivity facing our community and nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 32% of the adult population in Whitley County is obese. The health consequences associated to obesity are serious and members of UC’s Exercise and Sport Science Department along with members of the community are doing their part to bring awareness to this serious disease and its consequences.

“I hope this event will make individuals more aware of their health and fitness risks and consequently, choose to make the necessary lifestyle behavior changes to improve their overall health outcomes,” stated Norton. “If the event can help one individual make a lifestyle behavior change to improve their health, happiness, and longevity, I am thrilled!”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by JoLeeAnn George, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant