Every semester, the Recreation Center at the University of Memphis offers a free eight-week fitness program to all students, Tiger Fit. They aim to help students learn about nutrition, establish an exercise routine, and improve their overall health and well-being.
The program is led by the university’s wellness coordinator, Katie Gerstemeier, and two graduate assistants. They take the students through health assessments, weekly weigh-ins, group exercise sessions, and nutrition counseling. Participants are also led through goal-setting and wellness exercises.
Tiger Fit has helped hundreds of students make better decisions around their health. A certified personal trainer helps guide students on how to maintain an active lifestyle. He shares different types of exercise routines and how to maintain a fitness program. A nutrition graduate assistant discusses different food groups and teaches the importance of balance, variety, and moderation. She provides a safe space for them to discuss their struggles and successes when it comes to food.
The students receive more than just guidance and support for improving their health and wellness, they also get free goodies to keep them motivated along their journey. Gerstemeier is proud to be able to make a difference in the lives of the students on campus. “I want all students to graduate knowing that they have the knowledge and ability to live out a healthy lifestyle when they get out into the workforce full-time.”
Students at the University of Memphis can register for the program online at http://www.memphis.edu/tigerfit/registration.php. Tiger Fit classes meet on Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30p.m. and Thursdays from 11:30a.m. – 1:00p.m. The program runs Feb. 3 – March 31. For questions or information, contact Katie Gerstemeier at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 678-3274.