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Come Join the Fall Faculty/Staff Exercise Program

Posted Sept. 16, 2013
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Kent State University’s Division of Human Resources, in
partnership with the School of Health Sciences, is offering
an eight-week Faculty/Staff Exercise Program for Kent
State employees.

Kent State University’s Division of Human Resources is pleased to continue its collaboration with the School of Health Sciences to offer the Faculty/Staff Exercise Program. The Faculty/Staff Exercise Program will run eight weeks, Oct. 14 - Dec. 13, with a week off over the Thanksgiving holiday. The program will be located in the Gym Annex off of Midway Drive on the Kent Campus and will be overseen by Ellen Glickman, Ph.D. Glickman is professor and coordinator of exercise physiology in the School of Health Sciences.

This program is specifically designed to assist those individuals who may benefit from a more structured and personal exercise program due to a sedentary lifestyle (not currently participating in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity three days per week for at least three months) or for individuals who may have some risk factors that require more supervision, such as hypertension, diabetes, family history of heart or coronary disease, metabolic disease, etc.

The Faculty/Staff Exercise program will offer individualized exercise programs that include:

Warm-up: Stretching and calisthenics (15-20 minutes)

Aerobics:
Walking/jogging/elliptical – (20-30 minutes) continuous or discontinuous based on the participants’ level of fitness.

Anaerobic: Using light weights to strengthen a given muscle group through the range of motion (optional: 10-15 minutes).

Cool-down:
Stretching and relaxation exercises (5-10 minutes).

Each enrollee will be asked to complete consent, waiver and release forms; a workers’ compensation waiver and a medical clearance form. The medical clearance form must be completed by your physician and returned to the School of Health Sciences. In addition, and for your benefit, trained staff will perform the following tests in order to write an appropriate exercise program for each participant, which will remain confidential:

  • Body Composition: Height, weight, skinfolds
  • Lung Capacity: Lung function with a pulmonary function test
  • Cardiovascular Parameters: Resting heart rate and blood pressure
  • Aerobic Capacity: Cooper 12-minute walk test or 1.5 mile run (depending upon activity level)
  • Anaerobic Tests: Handgrip dynamometer
  • Muscular Endurance: Curl-ups and push-ups in one minute
  • Flexibility: Sit and reach test (modified for the older adult or less fit)
  • Balance: Biodex testing
  • Blood Analysis: Complete blood count (i.e., CBC, Hb, Hct, Glucose, Lipids, HDL, LDL, Trig)
  • Cognitive and Psychological Testing: Profile of mood state, memory, ability to learn, attention (with Gunstad laboratory)

As you progress through the program, your certified American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) trainer will re-write your exercise prescription to increase goals aligned with overall health and cardiovascular fitness, and energy expenditure.

The eight-week program will cost $50 per person, and payment can be made when you attend your first session. This covers all costs associated with staff, equipment and health screenings conducted during each eight-week program.

Two time options are available for registration. Option 1 will be offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 - 7 a.m. Option 2 will take place from noon - 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you feel this program would be beneficial for you, please visit the OneWellU website at www.kent.edu/hr/benefits/onewellu.cfm and click on the registration link for the time you prefer. Registration is limited for both the 6 a.m. and noon sessions.

If you have specific questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Glickman at 330-672-2930 or eglickma@kent.edu.