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BroncoFit: Students’ Best Friend for Improved Health

The BroncoFit initiative combines existing health and wellness opportunities with new student opportunities.

University Health Services has long offered students medical, counseling and wellness services, including health coaching, dietician counseling, and peer education programming about a variety of topics. Students also have access to an e-magazine, Student Health 101, which includes information about healthy lifestyle habits and on campus resources and activities. Still, the BroncoFit initiative continues to increase the ways students can engage in wellness promotion on campus.

Each fall, students in Health Promotion 440 organize a health fair for the campus community. Many vendors representing a variety of wellness dimensions handed out information and samples to a larger number of participants – more than 600. Preventative Health, a local company provided biometric screenings to participants at no cost, with proof of insurance. Test results were shared with each participant with recommendations on how to follow up with their primary health care provider. Other vendors offered hearing screenings and fitness assessments.

This spring, first year housing residents will have the chance to participate in the Ride Your Way to Wellness challenge. During this challenge, students will form teams to learn and practice different dimensions of wellness through daily activities. With a fun theme of an amusement park, participants will earn tickets for completing the daily activities. At the end of each week of the challenge, the team with the most tickets will win a prize. The element of teams will encourage students to interact with one another, as social well-being is a dimension of health.

April will bring a new celebratory week to campus – BroncoFit Week: April 18-23. Each day will celebrate and educate the campus community about the BroncoFit initiative and the dimensions of wellness. The week will culminate with the annual event, Yoga on the Blue, on the 23rd.

Increased participation, positive results and programming will increase as BroncoFit progresses and expands.