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LaHaye Student Union motivates students with fitness challenge

January 29, 2014 : By Lena Wakim/Liberty University News Service

Liberty University’s LaHaye Student Union has recently developed the Fitness MVP Challenge, a new program designed to involve students in recreational activities offered on campus. The program began Jan. 13 and will continue until April 29.

Students, faculty, and staff are given a variety of activity and class options such as exercise classes, personal training, a wellness series, a flow workshop, a climbing class, the Liberty Mountain Trail Race Series, the Adventure Challenge, and bench press and bouldering competitions.

The goal of the challenge is for participants to try as many activities as possible, with points being given for each activity. Once a participant reaches 150 points, they will be eligible to win a LaHaye Student Union duffle bag. The participants with the top three point totals will receive gift cards to athletic stores.

“It’s not necessarily about how athletic you are, but this program is more about being involved and putting yourself out there to try new fitness activities,” said Jamie Swyers, associate director at the LaHaye Student Union. “The program helps participants push past what they think they are able to do.”

Freshman April Teale is one of the 50 participants who joined the program during its opening week.

“I think that the program is an awesome opportunity to be competitive and to challenge yourself,” Teale said. “The classes are really fun, and the MVP program makes it even better because after a hard workout, I get a little ticket. It’s like getting a gold star on a test.”

Liberty’s recreational facilities and wellness initiatives complement the university’s commitment to a healthy lifestyle, providing students with the opportunity to stay fit while on campus. The university is currently in the process of expanding its primary workout facility, a project that is expected to be complete by the Fall 2014 semester.

In addition to the many athletic opportunities the university offers, there are also options for students who want to eat healthier. From the award-winning Simple Servings station in the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall to nutritional information signs at other campus dining locations and a partnership with the free MyFitnessPal app, Liberty is committed to encouraging its students to make healthy choices.

The six-week Daniel Plan wellness program began on Tuesday, Jan. 28, led by Robin Quay, Liberty’s campus dietitian. The free class has room for up to 30 students and meets for one hour in the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall’s Executive Dining Room, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Daniel Plan focuses on more than just nutrition; it also stresses the core concepts of a robust spiritual life, exercise, and healthy relationships with others.

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