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UC holds annual Dare to Compare Event


Williamsburg, KY., - University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) hosted its fall Dare to Compare fitness event on Thursday, October 3rd in the O Wayne. Rollins Center located on UC’s campus. This free health and fitness event is hosted by the Health, Exercise and Sport Science (HESS) Department.

Dare to Compare is designed for students, faculty, staff, and community members to assess the five components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. All of this is done free of charge.

“This is a great service learning tool for our students,” said Dr. Anita Bowman, HESS Chair. “We do all these tests in class, but this fair allows them to form these assessments on actual clients. With today’s technology, people have lost social skills. So clinical interaction is important and it allows our students to mingle with others.”

“Basically, we get to do these events at different stations to see just how good we are,” said UC student, Ezra Anderson.

University of the Cumberlands HESS 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 HESS Department along with members of the community are doing their part to bring awareness to this serious disease and its consequences.

“The Whitley County Health Department takes part in UC’s Dare to Compare program every year in order to hand out important health information and inform the students,” said Kathy Lay, Health Educator from the Whitley County Health Department. “We are trying to promote students to screen for early signs of breast cancer, know exactly what they are looking for, and not be afraid. October is Breast-Cancer Awareness month so it is a great time for women to start taking care of themselves by practicing self-exams.”

The HESS Department and other organizations are hoping that by providing this fair twice a year it will allow for students, faculty, staff, and the community to start living a better life. “This is a free assessment for anyone that wants to come,” said Dr. Bowman. “Having all these organizations here to provide free, accessible health care and to share methods of living a healthy lifestyle at one time is a great resource everyone should take advantage of.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit