Get Fit Don't Sit

National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day – May 5, 2021

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National Get Fit Don't Sit Day™ was originally created by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as an opportunity to increase awareness of the dangers of prolonged sitting and the importance of getting up and moving throughout the day—especially at work.

Research shows that sitting for long periods of time increases the risk of health complications. The ADA recommends breaking up sitting time with three or more minutes of light physical activity—such as walking, leg extensions, or overhead arm stretches—every 30 minutes.

At Kent State we value the health of our faculty, staff and students and seek to empower you by providing opportunities and the resources you need to get moving. Get Fit Don’t Sit Day occurs annually on the first Wednesday in May. This year, we are encouraging and celebrating movement all week long! Join us as we get up and move during the week of May 3.

In past years, Employee Wellness and Recreational Services have partnered on a Get Fit Don’t Sit Day event at the blue track behind the DeWeese Health Center, featuring an open walk, Poker Walks and more. This year, we will be offering virtual workouts, Get Fit Don’t Sit BINGO, and an opportunity to win prizes via a contest on Facebook

  • There are 3 virtual workout classes available this week, led by Recreation Program Coordinator, Beth Michel: Total Body Toning (M/W) and Cardio Kickboxing (F). Visit the Employee Wellness events calendar to register for sessions. These workouts can be completed from any location, and all fitness levels are welcome!
  • Download your Get Fit Don’t Sit BINGO board. Please download the BINGO Board to your computer before completing so your entries will be saved. Employees who achieve BINGO two or more times on their board during the week of May 3 are eligible for a “Make Yourself and Your Health a Priority” T-SHIRT! Email your completed board to Boards are due by Monday, May 10 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Join the Employee Wellness Facebook group and share a post any time during Get Fit Don’t Sit Week to enter our contest for prizes. Instructions will be posted in the group on Monday, May 3
  • Hold your own socially distant Poker Walk with your quarantine crew and mark off a space on your BINGO board while you’re at it! Visit this page for instructions on completing a Poker Walk 

Whether you choose to walk around the neighborhood, participate in a virtual workout or weed the garden, let’s get on the move together for National Get Fit Don’t Sit Week!

For questions related to health and wellness offerings for Kent State University faculty and staff, please contact Employee Wellness and Health Promotion at 330-672-0392 or