University of South Carolina recognized by American Heart Association as Fit-Friendly Company
The University of South Carolina has been recognized by the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Start! program as a Fit-Friendly Company for 2009.
The AHA designation recognizes employers that offer programs and incentives to its workers that promote health through walking. The university has several programs that encourage the campus community to walk for improved health.
Walktober is a pedometer-based walking program that takes place each October. The 217 participants in 2008 recorded 30,191,352 steps, equaling more than 15,000 miles. UWalk is a program in which participants log the steps they walk to gain “mileage” toward a t-shirt from the college or university of their choice. It fosters a competitive spirit with participants having logged more than 173,800 miles in virtual walking to places like UCLA, Ohio State and the University of Miami. The Fit Walk Paths Program establishes walking routes around the scenic campus for faculty, staff and students.
The trio of walking programs are part of Healthy Carolina, a university initiative to make healthy choices simple.
University of South Carolina students win public anthropology contest
Twelve University of South Carolina students won Public Anthropology Awards for a national writing competition that involved more than 4,000 students from 28 universities.
The competition is part of the Community Action Website Project, an online community in which students taking public anthropology courses at universities nationwide can learn about ethical issues facing communities in the world today. In this case, students learned and wrote about the Yanomami Indians and their fight to have blood samples of their ancestors, which were used for research, returned to them.
The student winners are from Dr. Jennifer Reynolds’ “Understanding Other Cultures” class. They include Chelsea Rzepkowski, Charleston; Billy Mathison, Aiken; Carson Lamb, Columbia; Brook Burroughs, Charleston; Jake Williams, Irmo; Michael Ellis, Conway; Amanda Ginsburg, Columbia; Kristen Hendrix, Atlanta; Diana Delmontie, Wendell, N.C.; Alexandra Phillips, Charleston; Jeff Pfeffer, Davidson, N.C.; and Marc Guest, Anderson.