Are you ready for the Power Up Challenge?
We’re looking for two teams of students, faculty and staff who are interested in challenging themselves to become the healthiest they can be, and who want to inspire others to meet and set realistic physical and mental health goals that will improve their lives.
Oregon State University is focused on creating solutions for a healthier world, healthier people and a healthier economy. It makes sense that OSU students, staff and faculty would also want to focus on becoming the healthiest versions of themselves.
The Power Up Challenge will feature two eight-member teams who will select individual health goals, and then will have winter and spring term to meet those goals, with the help of health coaches, nutritionists, personal trainers and a panel of experts who will provide them information and support.
The teams will also face a series of team challenges focusing on physical, social, environmental and emotional health. They’ll also be asked to attend Power Up! presentations featuring experts who will share information on healthy choices. Team members will be eligible for individual prizes as they meet goals and win challenges, but will also compete for team prizes.
Team members must be able to commit the time needed to complete their challenges, and must be willing to participate as public figures in the competition. This means dedicating at least five hours a week on average to working on your goals, attending events and participating in social media.
They will be expected to blog about their participation on a weekly basis, and their photographs and stories will be used on OSU web sites and in promotional media materials. The team members will be used to inspire others in the OSU community to challenge themselves to meet holistic health goals.
* Pre and post blood and fitness testing (your choice)
* Five personal training appointments
* Nutrition appointments
* Health coaching appointments
* A team meeting every two weeks for support pursuing your goals
* Wisdom from the advisory board, a group of experts to keep the challenge on track
* Five counseling sessions (CAPS for students, EAP for faculty and staff)
One student co-captain and one employee co-captain will be selected by each team. Co-captains will have extra responsibilities and compensatory privileges.
If you’re ready for the challenge, please fill out our on-line application. We will select a number of applicants and ask them to sit down for a brief personal interview before making the final selection. Deadline for applying is Nov. 25.
If you are not selected to be on the Power Up team, or if you want to participate in the challenge but not as a public figure, you can still form your own team. Go to http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/powerup/ to find out more.
~ Theresa Hogue