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‘Lunch crunch’ helps faculty stay fit


Haul out those boxes of exercise clothes from your attics because a new fitness option for faculty and staff has just opened up.

The Wellness Center in Pete Matthews Coliseum is sponsoring an easy way for faculty and staff to get out from behind desks and exercise every Monday and Wednesday from 12:15-12:45.

“Lunch Crunch” is a thirty minute fitness class geared towards faculty and staff to encourage a healthy lifestyle and consists of a workout that will vary from week to week.

It’s been scheduled so that the faculty and staff that are attending can come on their lunch break or between classes

Aubrey Crosson, a personal trainer for JSU and the primary instructor for the class, says that each class is a bit different and that to determine what each class will focus on she “see[s] what they (those participating) are interested in.”

This means that if those who attend want to do aerobics, then that’s what they’ll do.

The class curriculum can range from Zumba to Pilates, and yoga to Tabata training, with each being dynamic and fun.

Crosson asserts that the class is an “easy way for faculty and staff to exercise” because it’s been designed to suit their needs and “fit their schedule.”

Stephanie Morgan, a JSU staff member who attends the class, says “it’s too good an exercise to not come to.”

It’s also completely free and paid for by JSU, so any staff and faculty member that would like to participate may go to Pete Matthews Coliseum every Monday and Wednesday, from 12:15-12:45.

Not only does the Wellness center offer the lunch crunch for faculty and staff, but also fitness testing, strength training, and even provides personal trainers in order to help JSU faculty and students keep in shape while they attend school.

In order to help students stay fit, the Wellness center is co-sponsoring with a number of other organizations and services a health fair on September 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the TMB auditorium.

The “Take a Friend to the Health Fair” is geared towards helping students stay fit while they’re in school and making healthy choices when it comes to eating and exercise habits.

This marks the eleventh annual health fair at JSU. Last year over 330 students, faculty and staff attended and sponsors are predicting an even greater turn out this year.

Information regarding nutrition, stress management, fitness, birth control and many other health issues will be available through organizations such as the RMC student Health Center, Wellness Center, Wade Chiropractic, and other JSU and outside organizations.

Free services that will be offered at the health fair include asthma screenings, depression screenings, and blood pressure checks.

Because a large turnout is expected, the free services will be rendered on a first come, first served basis.

Door prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be provided to those who attend.

For more information about the health fair, contact Julie Nix, Counseling Services, at (256) 782-5815 and for more information about Lunch Crunch or for a personal trainer, contact Aubrey Crosson at (256) 782-5518 or email her at

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