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Healthy U has first quarter check-in

By Nicole Cooke ncooke@civitasmedia.com

April 17, 2014

The 2014 Healthy U students had their first quarter check-in Thursday night, and so far everyone involved has either lost weight, lost inches, or improved their physical abilities.


During their quarterly check-in, participants were weighed, measured, had a fitness evaluation with push ups, sit ups and flexibility, had their blood pressure taken, and took a three-month photo.


“Some of our participants have greatly improved their scores,” said Megan Webb, Healthy Living Action Group Co-Chair. “We had someone do twice the amount of push ups from what they were able to do in January. That’s personally rewarding for me to see that. That’s why I love what I do.”


The participants have tried a wide variety of fitness activities to find what suits them best. Many have taken up running, both on a treadmill and outside as temperatures get warmer, and they’ve all started taking various classes such as Zumba, Curves and even pole dancing. A popular favorite has been going to CrossFit at Total Fitness Gym.


“I’ve mostly been doing CrossFit and Zumba,” Tricia Green said. “I’ve also been doing private sessions with my coach, working on lifting. I’ve got callouses on my hands from it, but CrossFit has helped me do things I couldn’t do three months ago, like do a sit up.”


While some students have lost a significant amount of weight, others haven’t lost quite as much, but have lost a large number of inches, which Co-Chair Stephanie Fraley noted is just as important.


“Some people have lost a significant amount of inches but the weight on the scale isn’t coming down,” she said. “But inches are significant too. They’re building muscle mass and improving their body composition, which doesn’t always show up on the scale.”


Regardless of the exact number of inches or pounds lost, it seemed that all the participants were in high spirits during their check-in, with plenty of encouragement for each other, and scheduling workouts together.


“It’s going pretty good,” Erin Haulotte said. “I’ve been working to balance my family life and my fitness life, trying to find that happy medium. But I have a lot more energy, I feel better. I’m competing against myself more. I feel prettier too.”


About half of the Healthy U students are participating in the Couch to 5K program, along with more than 250 community participants. The community can start getting involved more in the journey to get fit this summer when Moving 101 events start, which will occur every third Thursday from June through October. The first event is walking on the Katy Trail, with music and activities every half mile. All Moving 101 events are free and open to the public. May 16 is Ride Your Bike to Work Day, and HLAG is encouraging people in the community to participate.


For more information about Healthy U or other community events, visit facebook.com/HUPettisCounty.