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17 posts from March 2009


MMmmm....NEW juice to try!

Tropicana Orange Juice:  Trop50  

Only 50 calories for an eight ounce serving!  

Trop50 comes in three varieties:

  • Pulp Free
  • Some Pulp

  • Pulp Free with Vitamin D + Calcium




Einstein's 130th Birthday Festival

The Department of Math, Physics and Statistics at the University of the Sciences, in conjunction with USP's Physics Club,  held a fantastic festival on March 13, 2009 in honor of Albert Einstein's 130th birthday and in celebration of the new Physics program.  Remarkably Albert Einstein made a surprise appearance himself, looking not a day over 129!  The Physics Club ran a fun game of Einstein Jeopardy.  There were Einstein poems and a raffle.  All in all it was a delightful occasion.

Here are links to news coverage of the event:

We Practice What We Preach!

The College of Health Sciences is all about "walking the talk and not just talking the walk."  Come see the faculty and staff on the fourth floor of Glasser Hall.  All chairs have been traded in for stability balls!  Even the Associate Dean of Students, Dr. Peter Miller, has joined this new revolution.

Sitting on Stability Balls "enhances attention & concentration; improves blood flow, balance & coordination; and strengthens our core muscles" (lower back, abs, and pelvis).

Exercise Science & Wellness Management plans to utilize Stability Balls instead of chairs in the classroom this Fall!  USP is one of the FIRST universities to implement this type of Stabilty Ball.

Check out the research studies and more benefits of this "chair:"   http://www.wittfitt.com/index.htm


The Bod Pod is coming to USP

What is this crazy looking capsule like device, you ask?

Bod Pod 2


Determine body fat, muscle mass, how many calories you burn at rest (just to breathe & have organ functions), & how many calories you expend through activity each day!

"The BOD POD Body Composition Tracking System is an Air Displacement Plethysmograph which uses whole-body densitometry to determine body composition (fat and fat-free mass) in adults and children. It is a complete turnkey system based on the same gold standard operating principle as hydrostatic (or "underwater") weighing, except that the BOD POD uses patented Air Displacement Plethysmography, instead of water, for highly accurate, fast, and safe results. In addition, the BOD POD also offers optional Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and Total Energy Expenditure (TEE) information as part of every body composition assessment. This data is provided without performing any additional testing maneuvers, a complete test requires only about 5 minutes."

No other university in Philadelphia has the Bod Pod.  The Bod Pod is used by such organizations as Pittsburgh Steelers, US Naval Academy, Georgia Tech, Duke University Diet & Fitness Center, and it is "the EXCLUSIVE testing body composition testing method of the NFL Scouting Combine."



National Certification Exam Scholarship Opportunity!

The Fitness & Health Management Department is sponsoring one student to take a National Certification Exam from one of the following organizations;

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM); National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA); National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or American Council onExercise (ACE). Each exam generally costs $300-$600, plus $100 in study related books. All Fitness & Health Management majors and minors are encouraged to apply. The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 2 at the First Annual College of Health Sciences Health Fair.

To apply, email Karin Richards and indicate the particular certification in which you are interested.  Please note certain eligibility requirements are indicated on the organizations' websites for each certification.



What motivates you to exercise?  To move your body?  To take the stairs rather than the elevator?  To park a little further away from your building?  If you reside in Glasser, perhaps it's me yelling at you...I mean "encouraging" you to take the stairs.  Every little bit of movement adds up at the end of the day.

A BIG realization is going swimsuit shopping or just putting on those shorts or sleeveless shirt for the first time all winter.  Maybe that no denying feeling of "ooohh...I really slacked off this winter" is enough to jolt you into action.  But what if it isn't?  What if you feel defeated and think, "Nothing is going to work, so I might as well stay fat and unhappy."

Is THIS how you really want to live?  Exercise Science & Wellness Management isn't about getting you "skinny,"  it's about improving the quality of your life!  You deserve that much.  You CAN do this.  Maybe last time you weren't really ready to change and that's O.K.  We all move at different times during our lives.  Just don't give up.  Don't settle!

I put on my sleeveless workout shirt this morning and besides the pastiness of my naturally Irish skin, I acknowledged it was time to go back to strength training.  So after my 1:00 class, I will be in the downstairs weight room if you'd like to join me.  Yes, even personal trainers and group exercise instructors slack off every now & then.

Life has been patiently waiting for you.  Don't make it wait any longer.  Improve the quality of your life by improving your health!


You're Invited to "Catch a Wave to Good Health!"

The Spring 2009 FT 480 Fitness, Sport & Health Management class is organizing the First Annual College of Health Science Health Fair:

 “Catch A Wave to Good Health”

Thursday, April 2

1-3PM in the ARC Rec Gym. 

This FREE event is open to all USP Faculty, Staff, and Students.  The 25 vendors are all non-USP with specific attention to alternative medicine (Aromatherapy, Massage Therapy, The Balance Health Center, Chiropractor, Yoga, Acupuncture, Raw Foods, and more!)

The students in the FT 480 class are SOLEY responsible for all aspects of this event.  They are handling ALL managerial logistics including vendor solicitation, facilities coordination, marketing, and budgeting.

Two Fitness students attend local Fitness & Wellness Conference

Two Fitness & Health Management students, Erin McHale, 2nd year major; Marissa Handwerk, 2nd year DPT/Fitness minor attended a local fitness conference, SCW, February 20-22.  They were awarded scholarships to attend the event based upon personal essays they submitted describing their professional goals and how this conference would prepare them for the future.

USP Fitness & Health Management on Channel 6 Action News

USP Fitness & Health Management was spotlighted on Channel 6 Action News on February 22: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/video?id=6671934

Second year DPT/Fitness minor, Rachel Buriani, also participated in the video. 

The FIRST Day of Spring! A day to begin FRESH!

Take today to examine your life.  Are you well?  Not just within your physical body, but your mind & spirit.  What a great day to jump start yourself into being the kind of person you envision.  Spring brings renewal, a time to grow, both personally and professionally.

Just for today, take that 10 minute walk at lunch; drink an extra glass of water; be grateful for the wonderful blessings you currently have in your life, and visualize what other wondrous happenings you would like to occur.  DREAM!  Set no limits.

Only YOU can make your dreams come true. More energy? More smiles? Relaxed and feeling good?  Eating healthier?  Make today the day that you start making yourself happier.

Life is too short and YOU are worth it.

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