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Dare to Compare Challenges Community to Live Healthy Lifestyle


Williamsburg, Ky. –With laces tightened, jogging suits zipped and water bottles in hand a group of nearly 200 people prepared for a day of exercise and healthful learning at University of the Cumberlands’ Dare to Compare event on Saturday, October 22. This occasion is in its third year of running and focuses on providing the campus and surrounding communities with information about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and how to achieve that goal.

With energetic participants like Brad Humphrey, this year's gathering proved to be just as eventful as the previous two. "Have fun, fitness is not threatening," says Humphrey, director of Cumberland River Comprehensive Care. The center located in Williamsburg, Ky., was one of the many participants of Dare to Compare.

"Cardiovascular, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility are the five components to staying healthy," he says, naming off the elements to maintain a healthy body. "People need to know what they are and how to measure them in order to make steady progress over time."

Joyce, a lifetime resident of Williamsburg, attended the event with her granddaughter. "I felt like I should be here to support her," she said, emphasizing the importance of encouraging family health. "I'm just trying to help her in everything she does."

One of the major goals of Dare to Compare is to teach parents the necessities of living a healthy lifestyle. Once parents learn, they can serve as examples to their own children.

Cindy Norton, chair of the health, movement, and leisure studies program at UC says, "We are the first university in the nation to involve students, faculty, and individuals from the community in teaching educational fitness."

Norton is hopeful that the word will spread and eventually every university in the nation will promote healthy living to their communities; thus, resulting in an increase in the nation's lifespan statistics and overall health for Americans.

With a positive attitude and an upbeat atmosphere, the Dare to Compare campaign finished the day successfully. A number of people from the community and campus attended, all with hopeful expectations of achieving a new attitude of health. Dare to Compare dares to challenge individuals to confront their unhealthy lifestyles and to make better choices regarding the future of their health. It holds the hope of changing societies' attitudes and overall health one leg-lift at a time.