UM Offers Student Health Program to Combat Obesity

August 28, 2014

MISSOULA – Curry Health Center at the University of Montana will launch a new semester of Weigh To Go UM! on Monday, Sept. 22, offering programs to help students take charge of their health and well-being through weekly group workouts, educational workshops and one-on-one wellness coaching.

According to data from the 2014 National College Health Assessment, nearly half of UM students are overweight or obese. This number has increased more than 12 percent since 2004. The data was collected online by NCHA in spring 2014 from 802 randomly selected UM students. Students were categorized by body mass index – BMI – based on self-reported height and weight. 

“In addition to preventing future health issues associated with obesity, helping students develop healthy lifestyle skills can increase students’ success during their college careers,” said Kayli Julius, UM Optimal Bear coordinator. 

Weigh To Go UM! features resources from campus programs such as UM Dining, Campus Recreation and Curry Health Center Wellness, with support from UM Optimal Bear peer health coaches. Activities include group fitness classes, hikes to the M, nutrition education and more.

“The program will empower UM students with knowledge, skills and encouragement to make lifestyle changes that will help them slim down and improve their overall quality of life,” Julius said. 

Registration for the eight-week program costs $30 and closes Friday, Sept. 19. Students can register by calling Julius at 406-243-6719 or emailing optimalbear@mso.umt.edu. For more information contact Julius or visit http://www.umt.edu/curry-health-center/wellness/Weigh-to-Go-UM.php

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Contact: Kayli Julius, UM Optimal Bear coordinator, 406-243-6719, optimalbear@mso.umt.edu.