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TSTC Employees Aiming to Get in Shape

Friday, January 25, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

One situp, one pushup and one mile at a time, Texas State Technical College and the rest of the state will try to get back in shape over the next 10 weeks.

TSTC is taking part in a statewide health initiative called the Get Fit Texas State Agency Physical Activity Challenge. Employees of all state agencies, including TSTC, are encouraged to participate in 30 minutes of daily physical activity or 150 minutes per week.

It’s the inaugural challenge and it’s being spearheaded by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. The challenge will run from Jan. 14 through March 24.

Julie Gonzalez, TSTC Human and Organization Development Advisor, is the challenge coordinator for the campus and expects good participation in the 10-week challenge.

“We’re trying to get fit in 2013 and make it a better year for everyone,” Gonzalez said. “We want to promote wellness at work but with the family as well. It’s hard to start something like this with no support or motivation. So we want to involve the family as well so we can all stick with it.”

The challenge isn’t a competition and a winner will not be declared at the end of the 10 weeks, Gonzalez said. The daily 30 minutes workouts will be logged on a profile created online through the TDHHS.

At TSTC, there will be what Gonzalez called “checkpoints” along the way so the participants can share stories or testimonials about their journey.

The first checkpoint will be held on February 4 and the second one month later on March 4.

“We’ll all share stories of victory and what they’ve accomplished along the way,” said Gonzalez, a runner herself. “We’ll have some incentives for the participants too.”

On March 9, TSTC will host the first-ever 5K run/walk for TSTC employees and their families. The run/walk will take place on campus. The challenge will officially end on March 24 and a celebration will take place on March 27. At the end of the challenge, participants will be presented with ‘I met the challenge’ certificates.

“We’re hoping to do this again in the fall and do this twice a year,” Gonzalez said. “If it’s a success, the second time around will be bigger and we’ll have better incentives.”

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