Learn to Live a Healthy Lifestyle at the Recreation Center’s Fitness Fair



Shifting to online classes can be difficult for students who never took them before.

Will Stuart , Writer

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is going to gym to work out–it’s also one of the hardest to achieve. It’s no secret that gym membership rates rise just after January 1, but most of these membership cards are put into wallets or purses never to see the light of day again.

This year on January 24, the University of Michigan-Flint Recreation Center is hosting a Health and Fitness Fair from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Providing a day of active fun, the fair can serve to help those who have fallen off of the resolution wagon revamp their fitness goals.

The fair is primarily for students, but faculty, staff, members of the center and the general public are welcome to attend.

Different health organizations and specialists, such as McLaren Health Services and Greater Flint Health Coalition, will be present at the fair, providing information on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

There will also be a number of fitness assessments available for participants.

“PT Heart (Physical Therapy, Health Education and Rehabilitation Treatment) will be conducting sports-related performance assessments to help prevent injuries,” said Theresa Landis, director of Recreational Service.

The Rec Center will be conducting fitness assessments for flexibility, balance and strength along with body composition to determine percent fat weight versus lean weight. Nursing students will be taking blood pressure.”

From 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. there will be a free immunization clinic which includes flu shots, Tdap, Pneumonia and HPV vaccines. Cholesterol and glucose screenings are also offered, but for an additional charge of $5 each. Make sure to contact your insurance company to ensure you’re covered.

For those trying to gain experience in physical fitness there will be several classes offered throughout the day, as well. These classes range from physical activities like yoga and Zumba to knowledge-based classes aimed at providing information on eating better and staying healthy.

“This is a great one-stop venue for health and fitness assessment, educational information and you can get a quick workout in,” said Landis.

It’s a great collaboration of numerous health organizations in the greater downtown Flint area coming together to share information on their health and wellness programs and services, along with Nursing and Physical Therapy students providing free assessments to help you better understand your fitness level.”