Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Today is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, and Lewis University is taking great strides to educate and empower women on campus to take control of their health, not just today but all year round.

Director of Student Recreation, Fitness & Wellness and Lewis alumna, Jill Siegfried ’85 says “It is important to take control of your health, make smart choices, and make time for physical activity despite all we are trying to balance in our lives. With exercise, 30 minutes a day makes huge difference. You can sneak exercise in as well: take the stairs instead of the elevator, go for a walk during your lunch break, or park far from entrances. Three 10-minute bouts of physical activity have the same health benefits as a 30 minute session.”

According to Jill, everyday exercise is especially important for women because of these five reasons:
  1. Decreases risk of osteoporosis
  2. Prevents muscle loss (which keeps metabolism high, giving women the strength to complete everyday tasks)
  3. Reduces stress, depression, and anxiety
  4. Enhances mental performance and work productivity
  5. Reduces risk of diseases such as cancer or diabetes

To reward Lewis students, faculty, and staff for their long-term participation in the group exercise program on campus, the 50 Class Challenge was created. An individual will receive a t-shirt after attending 50 classes throughout the year, such as Zumba, Cardio Sculpt, or Lower Body Blast, in recognition of their accomplishment.

To specifically promote women’s health, The Well Committee and Flyer Wellness hosted a Lunch & Learn at the Powerhouse Flex & Fitness Center today. This event allowed both women and men on campus to come together, eat lunch, and learn how to stay healthy and exercise safely. Dr. Ryan Miskowiec, from Sport and Exercise Science, presented an interactive lecture on the value of strength training and weightlifting.

On October 7, Lewis Alumni & Friends will be hosting the Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference, a female-focused event that offers career development opportunities, ways to help achieve personal goals, and a chance for Lewis alumnae to meet and network with fellow graduates. Lewis alumna Premalatha Mony, MA ’10 will be presenting “It’s All About Me: My Health and Wellness” and discussing the importance of women putting their health first. (Register for the conference online.)

Whether you start taking a fitness class, attend a Lunch & Learn, or register for the Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference, it is important to take action to become the healthiest version of you!