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August 31, 2012
By Natalie Savidge
Visitors have called Reno one of the country's true outdoor meccas, and for good reason. Within a one-hour drive of Reno are 15 world-class skiing and snowboarding resorts, Lake Tahoe, hundreds of mountain-biking and hiking trails and one of the country's top outdoor whitewater kayak parks. For many of these reasons, just this month, the University of Nevada, Reno was named as one of the top 25 colleges for Outside readers from Outside magazine.
The magazine calls attention to the University's on-campus adventurous amenities, including a rock wall, a ropes course and a selection of rentals, such as kayaking equipment and cross-country shoes and skis. In addition, the University offers numerous live-well resources - health education and services, nutrition programs and exercise options. As students start to settle into their course work and routines, the University's Student Health Center, Counseling Services, Campus Escort, New Student Initiatives, President's Office and Campus Recreation and Wellness are teaming up to offer everyone the opportunity to stay healthy and fit, beginning with a "Get Your Health On" event.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Joe Crowley Student Union Lawn
Students will learn how to keep their bodies and minds fit with a free wellness assessment, including blood- pressure monitoring, calorie assessments, body composition analysis and exercise class demonstrations. They can also get tips on sexual health, stress reduction and healthy eating. Students will receive pedometers, tracking tools, healthy food and other fun giveaways.
1 p.m., beginning at the Joe Crowley Student Union Plaza
Students are invited to take a walk with University President Marc Johnson and Mrs. Johnson for the first campus health walk. Those on the walk will count the steps from the Joe Crowley Student Union to the Quad.
8 a.m., Joe Crowley Student Union, check-in begins at 6 a.m.
A Homecoming tradition since 1927, Campus Recreation and Wellness will again hold the Wolf Trot 5K Run. Each participant receives a commemorative race T-shirt, a goody bag and a free raffle ticket. For more information, visit Lombardi Rec: Special Events.
Students can create an account on the Live Fit on Campus website for access to information and tools they need to make healthy food choices and stay fit. The monthly newsletter includes recipes, local restaurant reviews and tips specifically tailored to students.
Cub Corps is a beginner's CrossFit course offered at the University's Lombardi Recreation Center intended to safely get you up to speed with fundamental movements and conditioning. After course completion, participants should have improved conditioning and strength. For the last three years, the University has had one of the largest affiliate teams in the nation and has been invited to present its program at national conferences. For more information, download a Club Corp CrossFit Poster.
The University of Nevada School of Medicine's Wellness and Weight Management Clinic is an on-campus resource that offers a variety of specialized nutritional services intended to help patients' lower risk factors for chronic disease, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer, by focusing on lifestyle behavior changes, including diet and exercise
Natalie Savidge is senior media relations specialist in University Media Relations.