03 February 2012
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo employees took Chancellor Michael Harris literally when he said they are “On the Move.” More than 30 percent participated in the Indiana University intercampus competition for physical activity and nutrition, the highest percentage for any of the eight IU campuses.
IU Kokomo received a traveling trophy as the winner of the first-ever challenge, and Cathy Valcke, director of human resources, said the university’s planned fitness and wellness center will help keep the trophy on the campus.
“Imagine what we will be able to do once we have a fitness center on our campus,” she said. “Our employees see the benefits of exercise and healthful nutrition, and will embrace it even more once this fantastic resource is available to them. This also fits well with our campus initiating student club sports this year, leading to joining the NAIA.”
During the eight-week challenge, employees participated in at least 30 minutes of daily exercise, at least five days per week, and focused on one new nutrition goal each week. Each participant recorded his or her exercise and food through an on-line tracking system.
About 800 IU employees participated statewide. IU Kokomo narrowly edged IU East, in Richmond, for the victory.
Patty Hollingsworth, director of Healthy IU, said university officials recognize that employees do their best work when they are healthy.
“Our vision is for IU to be the healthiest university in America,” she said.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.