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Somerset philanthropist pledges $1 million to University of the Cumberlands’ new health and wellness center


Ward Correll, left, and Dr. Jim Taylor, president of University of the Cumberlands hold the architectural rendition of the new Ward Correll Health and Wellness Center to be built on the Williamsburg campus.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Officials at University of the Cumberlands announced Tuesday that Christian philanthropist, Ward Correll, of Somerset, has committed a gift in the amount of $1 million to University of the Cumberlands toward the $6.5 million cost of constructing the Ward Correll Health, Wellness and Exercise Center as a significant and very substantial addition to the University’s Campus Center, literally a transformational gift, according to Dr. Jim Taylor, president of University of the Cumberlands.

The Ward Correll Health, Wellness and Exercise Center will bring together the student center, the intramural recreational program, general exercise and aerobic exercise areas, a test and measurement laboratory, a community outreach room and a counseling area for nutrition, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stress management, emotional health, and smoking cessation.

The facility and its programs will be made available to residents in the surrounding area, thus promoting better health maintenance and improving the quality of life for those who remain underserved. University of the Cumberlands is committed to addressing serious health issues in the area.

Preventive health screenings and programs that address nutritional needs will aid in better health maintenance and help to lower healthcare insurance premiums, which is no small concern. “In this center, we’ll tackle everything from fitness to stress management to smoking cessation,” said Taylor.

Lectures on health topics will be a regular part of the programming and will be open to the public. “We are committed to addressing the serious health issues in our area by providing greater opportunities for health maintenance through education and to encourage a healthier lifestyle by promoting proper nutrition and physical activity,” said Dr. Taylor. “Our goal is to educate our students, faculty, staff and community about a healthful lifestyle and to provide them the resources needed to put their knowledge into practice.”

Since Kentucky ranks ninth nationwide in the number of deaths from the five leading chronic diseases: heart disease, cancers, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes, one can understand why this project is a priority.