Fitness Center celebrates fifth anniversary

While most birthdays are celebrated with cake‚ and perhaps‚ ice cream as well‚ you’re more likely to find a fruit platter and bottled water at the upcoming fitness center anniversary party.

Georgia (Jul 14, 2005) — While most birthdays are celebrated with cake‚ and perhaps‚ ice cream as well‚ you’re more likely to find a fruit platter and bottled water at the upcoming fitness center anniversary party.

July 10 marks the fifth anniversary of the Employee Fitness Center‚ a benefit that employees at only three other institutions in the University System of Georgia enjoy.

“Exercise is a panacea for any number of ailments‚ including stress‚ weight management‚ high blood pressure and diabetes‚” Sherry Twidwell‚ director of the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness‚ said. “And‚ the benefits of the fitness center to KSU are fewer absences due to illness‚ increased morale and productivity‚ and reduced health care costs.

“The fitness center also provides an opportunity for networking and building relationships across campus.”

To date‚ 577 employees‚ family members and retirees have logged 11‚415 visits in the gym this fiscal year‚ working up a sweat on the Nautilus equipment (six pieces of which are new)‚ free weights‚ six treadmills‚ three elliptical machines‚ three stationary bicycles‚ a step machine and a rowing machine‚ in addition to free yoga‚ pilates and step aerobics classes.

“The convenience of having a gym on campus‚ coupled with our flex time benefit‚ really takes away all the excuses I might have for not exercising‚” member Gary Cook said. “And‚ on top of the convenience and low cost‚ the fitness center is also well−maintained and clean.”

And‚ despite a dues increase effective July 1‚ the fitness center is still the best deal in town‚ compared with the $25 to $63/month enrollment fees charged at other area gyms.

“We haven’t had an increase in membership fees in five years‚” Twidwell said. “Seventy−five percent of our budget goes toward staffing and that leaves very little for improvements. We also have no repair and maintenance budget.”

To underscore Twidwell’s point‚ one of the stationary bikes has been sidelined recently‚ its repairs waiting for the new fiscal year to roll around.

“The increase in dues will allow us to become self−sufficient‚” she said‚ “and that’s important in case of future budget cuts.”




 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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