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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The benefits of regular movement are countless –  it keeps weight in control, lowers chronic disease risk, strengthens your muscles, keeps your bones strong, and promotes relaxation, better sleep and mood, strong immune function, and more.

Kent State seeks to provide an environment that supports physical activity, rain, snow, or shine. When Ohio weather permits, you can rent a FlashFleet bike and/or join a “move” community and get active outside. Recreational Services offers an array of services available all year long, including some that you may not know about. You can attend group classes, get one-on-one fitness training, swim, ice skate, and more right here at Kent State. Exercise routines are easier to stick to if you have fun with it! Check out the resources below to learn of opportunities to get moving here on campus, home, and in your community. 

Aquatics Programs-Recreational Services

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center offers a number of Aquatics programs in the natatorium, including water safety courses, swimming instruction for all ages and levels, children’s learn to swim programs, and water workouts that build cardiovascular fitness. The Kent State Swim Club allows individuals 18 and older to train together and compete in optional swim meets. Custom programs and private lessons are also available.

Contact:  Chris Baker

Phone:  330.672.0480

Email:  cbaker5@kent.edu

 

Website: http://www.kent.edu/recservices/aquatics

Eligible:  KSU students, KSU employees, dependents and community

Cost:  Costs are dependent on course type and membership status.

Additional Information: All courses are instructed by American Red Cross-certified instructors.

Be Well Solutions-Employee Wellness

Kent State University’s Division of Human Resources is pleased to partner with Be Well Solutions to enhance our commitment to support and promote the health and well-being of the university community. 

All full-time, benefits eligible employees have the opportunity to participate in a number of resources around nutrition, exercise, emotional balance, being a smart patient….to name a few. In addition, employees have access to a confidential online health risk assessment (HRA), complemented by on-site biometric health screenings offered by Be Well Solutions.

Be Well Solutions will offer telephone, online, and face-to-face health coaching to all benefits eligible employees. Health coaches can assist individuals in addressing any concerns or risk factors that may have been discovered during their assessment or they may also help with personal wellness-related goals. Examples of this include smoking cessation, developing a 5K training plan or weight management. 

Contact:  Be Well Solutions

Phone:  216-378-0888

Email:  info@bewellsolutions.com

Website:  portal.bewelldata.com   

Eligible:  KSU employees

Cost:  N/A

Additional Information: 

For first time login, use the following login credentials:

  • Username: FlashLine username with first letter moved to the end. (Example: csmith23 = smith23c)
  • Password*: The format for your ten-character password is MMMYYXXXXX. (Example: below = APR9065432)
    • MMM = the first three UPPER CASE letters of your birth month.
      (i.e. April = APR).
    • YY = the last two digits of your birth year. (i.e. 1990 = 90).
    • XXXXX = the last five digits of your Kent State University (Banner) ID number. (i.e. 898765432 = 65432)
  • *You will be prompted to change your password and complete your profile.
Customized Fitness Programs-Recreational Services

Customized programs are private classes or presentations designed for specific groups. Customized programs are ideal for groups wanting private or specialized instruction. They are also great for team building and corporate retreats. Most programs accommodate 40 participants. Each program is 60-75 minutes in length. 

Contact:  Fitness Suite

Phone:  330.672.0485

Email:  fitwell@kent.edu

 

Website: https://www.kent.edu/recservices/customized-fitness-programs

Eligible:  KSU employees, dependents and community

Cost:  $60 for affiliate partner;$75 for community

Additional Information: N/A

Employee Wellness (visit Calendar of Wellness Offerings)

On these pages you will find information about upcoming wellness events, contact for Move Communities, Wellness in the Community, Wellness Challenges, our Wellness Partners and Ambassadors and Smoking Cessation assistance.

Contact:  University Wellness at 330-672-7505 or wellness@kent.edu

Website:  https://www.kent.edu/hr/benefits/wellness

Eligible:  KSU Employees

 

Equipment Issue Desk-Recreational Services

Recreational equipment is available to borrow at the Equipment Issue desk, located on the lower level of the SRWC. Any member may borrow equipment by presenting their membership card or FLASHcard. Available equipment includes badminton birdies/racquets, basketballs, soccer balls, ping-pong paddles and balls, racquetball balls and racquets, safety goggles, indoor and outdoor volleyballs, stopwatch, weight belts and more. Disk Golf sets are also available for members to check out for free from the Pro Shop.

Contact:  Recreational Services

Phone:  330.672.4732

Email:  recservices@kent.edu

 

Website: https://www.kent.edu/recservices/equipment-issue

Eligible:  KSU employees, dependents, SRWC Members

Cost:  None for SRWC Members

Additional Information: The equipment is to be used in or at the SRWC.

Exercise Leadership for the Older Adult-Health Sciences

The Exercise Leadership for the Older Adult Program is available for community members 65 years of age and older. The exercise class meets every semester from 11 a.m. - noon Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. 

The class offers group cardio and resistance routines and one-on-one training that is led and supervised by graduate and masters level students studying in the exercise physiology program at Kent State. Undergraduates and graduates aid the participants in leading various exercises. The students will also provide physical fitness assessments and a biometric screening in order to assist you with your personal health goals.

Contact:  Dr. Ellen Glickman

Phone:  330-672-2930

Email:  eglickma@kent.edu

 

Website:  http://www.kent.edu/ehhs/hs/exph/exercise-programs

Eligible:  KSU employees, older adult community members.

Cost:  $100 per semester, but can be waived for special needs individuals.

Additional Information: Physician’s consent is required for participation.

Facility Rental-Recreational Services

The SRWC offers a wide array of facility rentals for on and off campus organizations. Groups may reserve anything from the entire SRWC (after regular hours) to a multipurpose gym, a basketball court, the climbing wall, a studio, seminar rooms, or the natatorium.

Contact:  Recreational Services

Phone:  330-672-4732

Email:  recservices@kent.edu

Website: http://www.kent.edu/recservices/facility-rentals

Eligible:  KSU employees, dependents, SRWC Members

Cost:  Costs are dependent on rental type, rental length and membership status.

Additional Information: Custom rentals can be negotiated with the SRWC.

Fit for Life-Health Sciences

The Fit for Life workshop targets community, faculty, staff and Kent State students in a supervised exercise setting.

This 60-minute class typically begins with a warm-up of stretching and calisthenics, followed by a choice of aerobics (walking, jogging, bicycling, aqua aerobics & more). Next, to strengthen muscle groups through the range of motion, is an anaerobic workout using light weights. Finally, you will cool-down through light stretching and relaxation exercises. 

Participants will also take part in a series of functional fitness tests both at the beginning and completion of the semester. These tests are aimed at evaluating flexibility, balance and strength. 

Contact:  Dr. Angela Ridgel, ASCM-EP

Email: aridgel@kent.edu

Fit for Life Website

Eligible:  KSU students, employees, community.

Cost:  *This is a 1 credit hour workshop 

Additional Information: Physician’s consent is required for participation. The program’s activities are led by graduate level students under the supervision of Dr. Angela Ridgel.

*Faculty and staff enrolling in the workshop may use their faculty/staff tuition waiver benefit. To register for workshops, students do not have to formally apply to Kent State University. There is no application or matriculation fee.  

For registration information visit www.kent.edu/creditworkshops, select the semester and scroll to Fit for Life. 

Fitness Assessments-Recreational Services

The Fitness Suite, located on the lower level of the SRWC, is an excellent wellness resource. Services include a variety of fitness assessments and prescriptions, registration for SRWC fitness programs, as well as a skilled staff of personal trainers and consultants who can provide expert answers to your questions about personal fitness. Fitness assessments and prescriptions are available to both SRWC members and non-members.

Contact:  Recreational Services

Phone:  330.672.4732

Email:  recservices@kent.edu

Website: https://www.kent.edu/recservices/fitness-assessment-0

Eligible:  KSU employees, dependents, SRWC Members

Cost:  Costs are dependent on service requested and membership status

Additional Information: N/A

Flashfleet-Recreational Services

Flashfleet is a third generation, technology-based bike share program. Bikes can be checked out through a mobile app or kiosk station around the Kent campus. Memberships as well as daily rates are available.

Contact:  Kim Rufra

Phone:  330.672.0464

Email:  krufra@kent.edu

Website: https://www.kent.edu/recservices/flashfleet

Eligible:  KSU students, KSU employees, dependents and community

Cost:  $2 per hour for pay as you go use or $35/year for faculty and staff membership that entitles the member to up to 3 hours of use each day.

Additional Information: 

Group X Classes-Recreational Services

The Group X program at the SRWC offers a fun, diverse range of drop-in style group exercise classes. Classes include Spinning, Zumba, yoga, TRX, kettlebells, aqua fitness and more!

Contact:  Ben Cope

Phone:  330.672.0485

Email:  bcope1@kent.edu

Website: Group X Description

Eligible:  KSU employees, spouse, SRWC Members.

Cost:  $5 per single class or $40 for a 12-punch semester pass or $50 for an unlimited semester pass

Additional Information: Access into the SRWC, as well as a Group X pass, must be purchased in order to attend a Group X class.

Intramurals and Community Sports-Recreational Services

Recreational Services offers a number of sport leagues each semester. Intramural sports are open to Kent State students, faculty, staff and their spouses. Typical offerings include flag football, outdoor soccer, volleyball, softball and various tournaments. Recreational Services also offers a volleyball and basketball community league each semester that is open to the public.

Contact:  Greg Bailey

Phone:  330.672.0463

Email:  gbailey@kent.edu

Website: https://www.kent.edu/recservices/sports

Eligible:  KSU students, KSU employees, community

Cost:  Costs are dependent on the sport and season.

Ice Arena Programs and Public Skating-Recreational Services

The Kent State Ice Arena offers a wide range of programs as well as public skating sessions for the community. Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey lessons are available for all ages and skill levels. Public skating sessions are offered throughout the week and are open to the community. 

Contact:  Ice Arena Guest Services

Phone:  330.672.RINK

Website: https://www.kent.edu/recservices/ice-arena

Eligible:  KSU employees, dependents, SRWC Members

Cost:  Cost varies depending on the program

Additional Information: Faculty and staff receive a discounted admission rate for public skating sessions.

Move Communities and Maps

This is a unique opportunity for us to build our “move” communities here at Kent State University.  Do you have a walking date and meeting spot you launch from weekly?  Have a running or 5K you’re preparing for and looking for a running mate?  Are you a rock-climbing enthusiast or have an interest in learning how to rock climb?  Perhaps you are a lunchtime stroller, morning swimmer, or bike rider who would welcome and enjoy like individuals.  We welcome all “movers” from all campuses to share opportunities to join you.  Below you will find groups and individuals that meet regularly and welcome others who may be interested. 

As a tool for our movers, we have included a printable map with seven routes ranging from quarter-mile to 3-mile for the Kent campus and have also included a non-marked map for individuals that might like to map their own unique routes and share with our community. If you have a map or community that you would like to add to this page, please email wellness@kent.edu.

We can all help build a healthy campus one “step” at a time.  

Kent Campus Opportunities:
  • Meet Mon-Fri., weather permitting, at the UFM flag pole at 11:30 a.m. near the UFM Administration building, 1781 E. Summit Street.   All are welcome! 
    Wellness Ambassador, Nicole Corll, ncorll@kent.edu

  • Meet Tuesdays, weather permitting, 12 noon at Heer Hall for 30-40 minute walk
    Employee Wellness Director, Kim Hauge, khauge@kent.edu

  • Meet Thursdays 3-4p.m. on the blue track by DeWeese Health Center for an LGBTQ+ walking group, coordinated by the LGBTQ Student Center intern team.  All are welcome. Bring sunscreen and water! This will be weekly, every Thursday, through the summer semester.  The Center hopes to continue the effort into the Fall semester too, date/time to be determined Hope to see you there!

  • Free Fridays at the Rec (employees have full access to the SRWC every Friday.  This includes Group X classes too!).  Bring your Flashcard I.D.

  • Looking for interested persons for roller skating on nice days at lunchtime.  Interested in setting up Wednesday lunch skates on a tennis court, Dix Stadium parking lot, the bike and hike trail from Loop Rd. to Dix Stadium, or something similar.  Willing to help teach beginner skaters.  
    Misty Sommers, mlsommer@kent.edu or 330-672-1888 

  • Come climb at the Rec Center’s rock wall with me most Fridays, 4:45-5:30 pm. I climb other days/times as well.
    Josiah Murphy Deeter, jjmurphy@kent.edu 

  •  See our online maps and distance guides

Regional Campus Opportunities
  • Ashtabula Campus: The On the Move group at the Ashtabula Campus will be meeting on the following days. We would love for everyone to come join us!!  
    Daily walks at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. - meet outside main hall atrium doors
    Friday walks at noon - meet outside main hall atrium doors
    Third Friday of the month - Bocce Ball and Corn Hole in the courtyard at 1 p.m.

  • Stark Campus Walking Map (PDF)

  • Stark Recreation & Wellness Center Non-Credit Classes (no registration, no cost)

Outdoor Rental Center-Recreational Services

The outdoor rental center offers outdoor equipment for rent at reasonable rates to both SRWC members and non-members. Equipment includes camping, kayaking, backpacking and canoeing gear. The Outdoor Rental Center also has a fleet of canoes and kayaks for group rentals. 

Contact:  Chris John

Phone:  330.672.2803

Email:  cjohn4@kent.edu

Website: http://www.kent.edu/recservices/outdoor-rental-center-0

Eligible:  KSU students, KSU employees, dependents and community

Cost:  Costs are dependent on rental type, rental length, and membership status

Additional Information: Renter must be 18 years old to check out rentals. Reservations can be made up to a month in advance.

Personal Training-Recreational Services
Reformer Pilates-Recreational Services

Pilates Reformer machines work the entire body, focusing on the core to create long and lean muscles without adding bulk. Prior mat Pilates experience is suggested, but not necessary. 

Contact:  Ben Cope

Phone:  330-672-0485

Email:  bcope1@kent.edu

Website: https://www.kent.edu/recservices/reformer-pilates

Eligible:  KSU employees, spouse, community

Cost:  $10 for students, $12 for members, $14 for non-members per hour (discounts are available for multiple session packages)

Additional Information: N/A

Special Events and Races-Recreational Services

The Department of Recreational Services hosts a number of special events, including two annual 5K races, each year. The Bowman Cup 5K Race is offered on Homecoming in the fall while the Black Squirrel 5K Race is offered in early April. In addition to races, the Department also hosts free community events, including open houses and family events.

Contact:  Recreational Services

Phone:  330-672-4732

Email: recservices@kent.edu

Website: https://www.kent.edu/recservices/special-events-and-races-0

Eligible:  KSU employees, dependents, all SRWC members

Cost: Varies per event

Additional Information: N/A

Youth Programs-Recreational Services

The Department of Recreational Services offers learn to swim lessons, learn to skate lessons, a youth swim team, a Home School Gym and Swim program and PEAK Summer Camps for kids. Programs are based on age groups and aim to improve fitness, teamwork and learning.  

Contact:  Phelan Fletcher

Phone:  330.672.0460

Email:  pfletch3@kent.edu

 

Website: http://www.kent.edu/recservices/youth-programming-0

Eligible:  Child dependents, community

Cost:  Costs are dependent on course type and membership status.

Additional Information: Additional Youth Programs and special events are offered on a regular basis. Visit our website for the most up-to-date programs and event offerings.