UMO to Partner with Mount Olive Middle to Focus on Health and Fitness

UMO to Partner with Mount Olive Middle to Focus on Health and Fitness

MOUNT OLIVE- In honor of Exercise is Medicine Month at the University of Mount Olive, health and physical education (HPE) majors and a number of exercise science students are holding a Trojan Health and Physical Education Day on November 12, for students in the fifth through seventh grades at Mount Olive Middle School.

According to Jesse Lancaster, instructor of recreation and leisure, the UMO HPE students have prepared a number of different activities to increase the Mount Olive Middle School students’ awareness of healthy and physically active lifestyles. UMO students will lead events such as capture the flag, beach volleyball, and nutritional smoothie building stations across the UMO campus. Each of these stations will explain the components of health, nutrition, cardiovascular endurance, and skill related fitness.

“Our hope is that by targeting the middle school age population that we can create excitement and provide education in regards to health and wellness,” said Lancaster. “We hope that by utilizing activities that are engaging as a platform to teach the components of fitness and wellness, that we will spur a continued desire within the students to be active.  We particularly have chosen the middle school population due to their high impressionability. Our vision is that these students will leave here with the wow factor, that being healthy and physically fit is fun and feels good.”

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.