Faculty and staff have “FUN” way to exercise for free on campus

Exercise comes in all forms, as demonstrated by these Bollywood dancers from a recent Faculty/Staff Fitness class at OSU. (contributed photo)

Oregon State employees who aren’t regularly exercising and who want a chance to get in shape have the chance to try out some of OSU’s best fitness resources for free next term through something called the FUN Project.

The FUN Project is a pilot program to help OSU employees get and stay active.  Any employee (.5 FTE and above) who is not currently physically active can participate and get either a free Faculty Staff Fitness class, a free term membership at Dixon Recreation Center/Recreational Sports, or participate in Beaver Strides for free.

To sign up for the FUN project, you will need to attend an orientation meeting in late November or early December 2011.  After registering for the FUN project, you will be eligible to sign up for one of the programs being offered for free next term.  Participants will also receive a water bottle, t-shirt and other prizes for continuing to participate in the activity of choice. To participate: BeWell or https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=4653. You will then receive an e-mail with dates of orientation sessions.

In order to participate, you will be asked to complete a written survey at the beginning, midpoint and endpoint of the project.  All information is completely confidential.

Beaver Strides

Beaver Strides is a motivational pedometer program that uses prizes and other incentives to encourage more movement throughout the day and to establish and maintain regular physical activity. Participants track their physical activity and other healthy habits, go on weekly “Move It Monday” walks, and take part in a variety of motivational themes and mini challenges. Get Your Move On!”

Learn more about Beaver Strides.

Faculty/Staff Fitness

The Faculty Staff Fitness Program (FSF) is offered through the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Instructor-led group classes provide motivation and support for first-time exercisers. A wide variety of programs are offered, such as yoga, swim fitness, weight training and a back clinic. You can sign up for a one, two or three day a week class – offered in the morning, noon hour or late afternoon.

Learn more about FSF.

Dixon Recreation Center

Recreational Sports facilities are open over 100 hours a week, ideal for anyone who is self-motivated to work out on their own. Choose cardio and weight machines, swimming pool, indoor track, and more. The locker rooms have private changing and shower areas, or change at Langton Hall and walk over to Dixon. Small group orientations to equipment will help you get started on the road to regular physical activity. Less busy times are mornings, early afternoons and weekends. Learn more about Dixon membership.




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