Vatterott College In Fairview Heights Invites Community To Participate In V-Fit 90-Day Fitness Challenge

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Students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program help participants set goals to establish and maintain healthy lifestyles

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It only takes 21 days to make or break a habit but it takes 90 days to establish a lifestyle. We hope to support and engage the members of our community to become involved with nutrition and fitness.

Students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program at Vatterott College in Fairview Heights are hosting a 90-day community fitness challenge from April 16 to July 15. The V-Fit Challenge is open to the public and focuses on establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while also giving back to the community. As part of the Challenge, participants are encouraged to join the group’s team for the 2012 Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure 5K run and fitness walk.

Under the guidance of Personal Fitness Trainer students, each individual participant sets his or her own goals and routines based on age, ability and health needs. Throughout the Challenge, benchmark check-in dates are established so participants can monitor progress.

“This is our first time hosting the V-Fit Challenge and we hope to make it an annual event,” said Jill Olmsted, the V-Fit Challenge Program Coordinator at Vatterott College in Fairview Heights. “It only takes 21 days to make or break a habit but it takes 90 days to establish a lifestyle. We hope to support and engage the members of our community to become involved with nutrition and fitness.”

Week one kicks off with registration and a fitness orientation at the Fairview Heights Campus located at 110 Commercial Lane. Everyone who registers receives a free water bottle as a gift. A Personal Fitness Trainer student meets with each participant to go over his or her health history; complete a weigh-in and body fat analysis; and establish 30, 60 and 90 day goals.

Weekly emails sent to participants feature tips promoting overall wellness and include topics on exercise, diet and relationships. A Facebook page serves as a virtual support group where participants can leave comments, ask questions, post helpful links and motivate each other.

During the fifth week the participants complete a 30-day fitness assessment and receive a free personal training session with a Personal Trainer certification student at the Fairview Heights campus. There is also an opportunity to register for a free prize and sign up for the V-Fit Challenge Race for the Cure team.

A 60-day fitness assessment and wellness workshop takes place during the tenth week. At that time the winner of the registration prize is announced and t-shirts are handed out to wear at the Race for the Cure.

There are no restrictions or guidelines to register, but all participants are required to sign a medical waiver. Those under the age of 18 need the permission of a parent or legal guardian. Participants with existing medical conditions are encouraged to consult with a medical doctor before starting the program.

Participants can register in person at the Vatterott College – Fairview Heights campus or online. For more information about the V-Fit Challenge or the courses offered at Vatterott College in Fairview Heights visit http://www.vatterott.edu/fairview_heights.asp or call 618- 489-2400.

About Vatterott College
Vatterott College has been dedicated to providing quality career training to students seeking the necessary skills to advance in their field since 1969. Vatterott, with its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, has campuses across the Midwest, offering education in high-demand fields. Diploma, associate and bachelor degrees are offered in multiple trade industries and computer technology, with 25 locations, as well as an online division, across ten states. To learn more, please visit http://www.vatterott.edu

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