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Sign Up for Employee Fitness Program by Sept. 27

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
August 25, 2010

Employees who want get in shape with the help of what amounts to the advice of a personal trainer should sign up by Sept. 27 for one of the coveted slots in the Employee Fitness Program (EFP).

Run by the department of kinesiology, the EFP prescribes an exercise regime based on an individual’s fitness level. At the start of the program, tests are conducted to evaluate one’s condition. Testing includes:

  • a complete blood lipid analysis          
  • 12-lead electrocardiogram
  • pulmonary function testing
  • health history
  • determination of body composition, flexibility and strength
  • a graded exercise treadmill test to determine cardiovascular and respiratory functional capacity (done after physician clearance is obtained at employee’s expense)

Exercise science students work with faculty and staff members to perform the series of fitness tests and then, with the guidance of their professors, create an exercise plan for each participant. In the spring, the tests are repeated to determine the employee’s progress. 

Since 1985, the EFP has successfully performed more than 1,600 fitness and graded exercise analysis on faculty and staff. The laboratory is located in New Hampshire Hall while the exercise equipment and facility are located in the Field House.

The EFP is for individuals who are apparently healthy and free from any diagnosed cardiovascular disease.  Individuals who have had a cardiac event are encouraged to enroll in the cardiac rehabilitation program. Contact Melissa Rodgers at 2-0597 for information.

If you are interested in participating, fax the form (download here) to the kinesiology office at 2-0154 or mail it to EFP, New Hampshire Hall by Sept. 27.

Individuals who have been previously tested and who have not used the facility may still participate without being re-tested.  Call 2-4118 to restart your program.

For more information on the EFP go to http://www.shhs.unh.edu/kin_es/outreach_employfitness_es.html

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