BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

D&E’s Project Life Change to continue

ELKINS – The Davis & Elkins College Sport Science Department has received a second grant from the Snowshoe Foundation to continue its Project Life Change program. This follows on the heels of success of the pilot project in which participants reported losing weight and increasing their awareness of healthy food choices.

Last year, the Snowshoe Foundation awarded the College a $5,000 grant to design and implement the health and wellness program to benefit the campus community as well as residents of Randolph and surrounding counties.

This year’s grant of $3,500 will help the Sport Science Department continue the program this fall.

“The idea for the program emerged from the statistics that ranked West Virginia third in the nation in obesity,” says Dr. Mary Ann DeLuca, chair of the D&E Sport Science Department. “The department wanted to offer the community an opportunity to improve their health with a program that was free of cost.”

According to DeLuca’s records, participants ranged in age from 12 to 70. The 33 people who completed the program lost a combined total of 207 pounds, with an average weight loss of 7.1 pounds per person.

The 16-week program was conducted August through December with participants attending sessions each week to discuss a variety of health and wellness topics led by the department staff. Participants were given free access to Robbins-Madden Fitness Center on campus and Elkins/Randolph County YMCA.

D&E Instructor of Sport Science Mandi Larkin says the mission of the program, “to prepare and inspire individuals for success in healthy living,” was a success based on outcomes and the final evaluation comments from participants.

Instructor of Physical Education Jennifer Riggleman said participants told her the program helped them become more conscious of their food choices, portion size and activity levels.

“They said the classes helped them deal with stress, and the material was presented in an upbeat manner making the classes fun,” Riggleman added.

The participants will be evaluated at six-month and one-year intervals to assess adherence to the program.

The second Project Life Change program is scheduled to begin this fall and details will be forthcoming.

For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.

D&E’s Project Life Change to continue

ELKINS – The Davis & Elkins College Sport Science Department has received a second grant from the Snowshoe Foundation to continue its Project Life Change program. This follows on the heels of success of the pilot project in which participants reported losing weight and increasing their awareness of healthy food choices.

Last year, the Snowshoe Foundation awarded the College a $5,000 grant to design and implement the health and wellness program to benefit the campus community as well as residents of Randolph and surrounding counties.

This year’s grant of $3,500 will help the Sport Science Department continue the program this fall.

“The idea for the program emerged from the statistics that ranked West Virginia third in the nation in obesity,” says Dr. Mary Ann DeLuca, chair of the D&E Sport Science Department. “The department wanted to offer the community an opportunity to improve their health with a program that was free of cost.”

According to DeLuca’s records, participants ranged in age from 12 to 70. The 33 people who completed the program lost a combined total of 207 pounds, with an average weight loss of 7.1 pounds per person.

The 16-week program was conducted August through December with participants attending sessions each week to discuss a variety of health and wellness topics led by the department staff. Participants were given free access to Robbins-Madden Fitness Center on campus and Elkins/Randolph County YMCA.

D&E Instructor of Sport Science Mandi Larkin says the mission of the program, “to prepare and inspire individuals for success in healthy living,” was a success based on outcomes and the final evaluation comments from participants.

Instructor of Physical Education Jennifer Riggleman said participants told her the program helped them become more conscious of their food choices, portion size and activity levels.

“They said the classes helped them deal with stress, and the material was presented in an upbeat manner making the classes fun,” Riggleman added.

The participants will be evaluated at six-month and one-year intervals to assess adherence to the program.

The second Project Life Change program is scheduled to begin this fall and details will be forthcoming.

For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.