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Check out upcoming fitness center events, designed with you in mind to help you be active, get fit, and feel your best!

Daily stress, sleepless nights, regretful snacking habits, and limited time leave us all lagging sometimes. Numerous studies have shown that just 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week can help with all that—not to mention provide many other health benefits. While time these days is hard to come by, the James G. Mill Center for Health and Fitness is offering some incentives to help make it easier for you to start fitting in some of that much-needed you-time. 

Samaritan's Purse LogoFourth Annual 5K Run/Walk

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014


  • Registration at 10:00 a.m.
  • Race at 11:00 a.m.

Early Registration Deadline (guarantees a t-shirt): Saturday, April 5, 2014


  • $15 for members of the fitness center and students until race day, $20 on race day
  • $18 for nonmembers of the fitness center until April 5, $20 after April 5

Location: Hoodlebug Trail with parking and starting point behind the Divine Destiny Church

Awards: Medals for top three male and female runners in each of seven age groups. Different awards may also be given for other categories.

Directions: Download a map and directions to and parking information for the Hoodlebug Trail here.

Registration: Download and fill out the Registration Form, or pick one up in the fitness center in Zink Hall, then deliver the completed form along with your payment to the fitness center, offices 114 or 235 in Zink Hall, or mail it to:

Chrissi Steele
1190 Maple Street
Zink Hall, Room 114
Indiana, PA 15705

In keeping with our around-the-world theme this year, we will be donating proceeds to Samaritan’s Purse’s Sports Gear Project. Samaritan’s Purse is a nonprofit organization that raises money to go into struggling nations to encourage, provide relief, and share the gospel. They also have disaster relief and patriot healing projects here in the U.S. By visiting the Samaritan’s Purse website, you can learn more about many of the projects Samaritan’s Purse represents around the globe.

The specific project we will be donating towards is the Sports Gear Project. Children all around the world love to play games, but have you ever thought about what games children play who don’t have sports gear such as balls, bats, or nets? This year, the JGM Fitness Center wants to help share our love of sports and recreation by allowing this organization to purchase recreational items and place them in schools, homes, and churches in other areas of the world. For every eight dollars that is donated to the project, one piece of equipment will be purchased as close to the sources as possible to also stimulate that area’s economy, with a current, specific need in Cambodia. Through their Sports and Leadership Training Program, representatives from Samaritan’s Purse in Cambodia use soccer to provide an outlet for over 2,000 youth who don’t often get to take time to be kids and enjoy games because they are helping to provide for their families. Team sports also help these youth develop life skills to become role models and leaders to their families and communities. Learn more about this specific project.

Another project of Samaritan’s Purse that many of you may already be familiar with is their Operation Christmas Child. Through this project, millions of Americans donate shoe boxes filled with toys, games, and hygiene items to children all around the world who wouldn’t normally get to receive Christmas gifts. This will be the theme of our raffle this year, which will include a number of shoe boxes filled with fitness-oriented gifts. Members of the fitness center and all participants of the 5K are welcome to participate in the raffle. One arm length will be $3 and two arm lengths will be $5. More details of items to be included in the raffle will be available in March.  

Body Boot CampBody Boot Camp

Report to duty on Mondays and Thursdays until May 8 from 1800 to 1900 (6:00 to 7:00 p.m.) in the aerobics room. If you’re already a member of the fitness center, come for free. If you’re not a member, pay $5 per class, then take advantage of using the fitness center afterwards.

Through various high and low impact exercises using body-weight resistance, you’ll work your entire body, improving your strength, cardio, and endurance with a variety of kicks, push-ups, jumps, squats, and other get-fit-fast moves. Take the maneuvers you learn in training and add them to your own workouts. The class will be led by Doug Forlano, who is also one of our personal trainers. Come see for yourself how contagious instructor Doug Forlano’s energy is!

cardio crunch Cardio Crunch Group Fitness

The core muscles are the muscles deep within the abs and back that attach to the spine and pelvis. By mixing intervals of cardiovascular and abdominal exercises, you heart rate will be elevated while your core muscles are being toned and fat is blasted away fast.

Anyone at any level of fitness can join the class and work at their own pace. During the class, participants will take turns between exerting high levels of cardiovascular effort and completing exercises that will strengthen muscles deep within the core. Interval training that focuses on the core muscles can help the abdominal region become more defined and the entire core to become stronger making completing everyday activities easier, allowing clothes to fit better, and increasing confidence.

The class is led by Brittany Redmond and is held on Fridays each week from noon to 1:00 p.m. Members are welcome free of charge, and nonmembers are welcome for a fee of $5 per class, which also includes use of the fitness center on that day.

two women exercisingBring a Friend Wednesdays

We’ve extended Bring a Friend Wednesdays! On Wednesdays each week, members are invited to learn the benefits of exercising with a friend by bringing one guest with them to work out. Please be sure to check in at the front desk and have your guest sign in also. We hope this allows our members and potential members to realize the power found in numbers to make sticking with an exercise plan more enjoyable. 

fruit slicesAdditional Nutrition Education Sessions Coming Soon!

If you missed our last Healthy Eating Session about basic nutrition and nutrients, don’t worry! While it was very informative and we wish you could have been there, we are hoping to schedule at least one more near the end of spring or into summer.

Let us know about nutrition topics you would be interested in learning about from IUP’s dietetic interns. They can offer information and tips in regards to specific topics, including, but not limited to, quick and healthy meals, nutrition to get the most from your workouts, and general nutrition. Interns are also available for to set up one-on-one counseling sessions to better meet your needs in more personalized settings. Visit the Food and Nutrition website.

2013 Exercise Around the World Wellness Challenge Winners

(Below, from left) George Bieger, Cheri Freeburg, Gloria Shepler, and Joan Lockhart were all challengers in our 2013 Exercise Around the World Wellness Challenge. George and Joan both won a gift basket by using tokens earned for minutes of physical activity during the challenge that were entered into our gift basket drawing. Cheri and Gloria participated in the most minutes of physical activity, which was converted into miles to allow them to travel the farthest around the world to the checkpoint countries throughout the fitness center.

Wellness Challenge Winners

Gloria and Cheri were both physically active for 3,889 minutes (38,890 miles) during the eight weeks of our wellness challenge, which is an average of about 81 minutes six days each week. What an inspiration! George and Joan weren’t far behind. George traveled the farthest of our male challengers with 34,210 miles, and Joan had 37,950 miles. Thanks again to all our challengers!

Wellness Challenge Gift Basket Winners

Gift Basket Winners

George Bieger and Joan Lockhart

Wellness Challenge Farthest Traveled

Farthest Traveled

Cheri Freeburg and Gloria Shepler

  • Health and Physical Education Department
  • Zink Hall, Room 225
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2771
  • Fax: 724-357-3777
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