Fit For Life

Newton Running founder Jerry Lee '73 shows one of the running shoes his company designed. Newton was keynote speaker at the 2013 Fit Fair.

By Matt Hawkins
February 10, 2014

A smorgasbord of healthy foods, exercise tips and workout gear greeted visitors at the third annual Fit Fair Friday afternoon in Bradley’s Markin Center.

More than 600 attendees visited 40 informational booths sponsored by campus and local businesses and organizations. Visitors were able to try new foods, check health indicators at screenings, learn Zumba and analyze their gaits.

The event kicked off the spring semester’s Get Fit, Stay Fit initiative.

“I’m hoping people come and learn or take away something they didn’t know or find a new resource,” said Wellness Program graduate assistant and fair organizer Jessica Revord. “By bringing resources on campus, it gives the option to go and not be afraid of asking for help when they need it.”

Jerry Lee ‘73, founder of Newton Shoes, returned to his alma mater as the event’s keynote speaker and left impressed by the event.

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“Fit Fair is unbelievable. Jessica had this vision on her own and started it,” he said. “Bradley is very lucky to have this and Jessica has a legacy she can leave.”

Students found available information to be practical for both their career interests and life in the dorms.

“As a nursing major, this is awesome,” said Bailey Conness ‘14. “Primary education is a big deal because it helps prevent health issues.”

The event reminded Bridget Berkow ‘17 of college students’ responsibility to maintain healthy lifestyles away from home.

“A lot of times people go off to college away from parents and think they can be whatever they want, then gain a lot of weight,” she said.

Revord was encouraged by Fit Fair’s growth on campus and interaction between students and vendors.

“It’s so great to see the participation, students and outside vendors coming together with campus organizations,” Revord said.  “It’s awesome to see how much everybody has come together for event like this.”

The Get Fit, Stay Fit program has 1,005 students, faculty and staff participating. The program is an incentive-based effort by a collaboration of campus organizations that encourages the campus community to make healthy lifestyle choices.