Professors expand strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health through the Wellness Program

Ammons Smith

The CSUN Wellness program for faculty is designed to expand the limits of strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health to help make the community stronger and healthier. Promoting this healthy lifestyle will reduce obesity, high blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve quality of life.

Not only does it help faculty individually, but it helps them interact with students better and handle upcoming obstacles with improved preparation.

Kimberly Henige, assistant professor of kinesiology, said this gives kinesiology students experience applying the things they learn in the classroom.

“It’s purpose is to provide a free wellness exercise program for all CSUN faculty to promote a healthy lifestyle,” Henige said .

Last semester, 81 percent of participants recommended this program to other faculty members and 83 percent of those participants were able to perform activities they could not do before joining the program.

The program is lead each semester by a senior kinesiology student. During this semester, the exercise program will be lead by Matt Reinig under the supervision of Henige over 13 weeks.

Reinig said the program is made on feedback for the participants and they hope the participants recommend this for a friend so they keep coming back.

“We have such a huge population of staff. We need to focus on the CSUN community,” Reinig said.

According to Reinig, all exercises will be different or the same but harder. Student leaders will have time to teach and modify exercises.

Reinig noted some weekends will feature a big hike or going to the beach.

“It will be a health-related activity,” he said.

There are several undergraduates with varying degrees of experience that will be out there working with Reinig, said Henige.

Orientation will start on Aug. 30 at Redwood Hall from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. The program will be performed during that time, Monday through Thursday from Sept. 4 to Dec. 8.

The goal over the next four months is to help people get ready to train for the Los Angeles Marathon. No one is committed to participating in the marathon unless they choose to.

Reinig said he will help the participants reach their individual goals and give them the opportunity to offer continuous feedback so they receive 100 percent satisfaction.

“If they have enough discipline and continue coming, they will feel results. Once you finish the program, you’ll know the difference between when you started and when you ended,” he said.