D&E’s Project Life Change Starting New Session for Better Health

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Monday, January 15, 2018

ELKINS - The Davis & Elkins College Sport Science Department is ready to help you get a start on the new year with the spring session of Project Life Change set to begin Monday, January 22. Now in its fifth year, Project Life Change was recently awarded funding from the Snowshoe Foundation for an additional year.

“Snowshoe Foundation believes Project Life Change is valuable to the community,” said Voras Haynes Jr., vice president of the Snowshoe Foundation. “We want to continue support of the program because it effects local lives so positively.”

The free program aimed at helping participants create better, healthier lifestyles is open to all ages. Classes meet from 6-7 p.m. every Monday from January 22 through March 26 in Eshleman Science Center Room 400 on the College campus.

Led by Chair of the D&E Sport Science Department Dr. Mary Ann DeLuca, Assistant Professor in Sport Science Dr. Jennifer Riggleman and Sport Science Instructor Amanda Larkin, the program covers nutrition, activity and overall wellness education in addition to pre- and post-assessment of health and wellness. Jim Severino, RD, LD, CDE, a clinical dietitian at Davis Medical Center, will also serve as a special speaker.

Participants who enroll and attend weekly will receive membership passes to the Davis & Elkins College Robbins-Madden Fitness Center and George A. Myles Pool as well as the Elkins/Randolph County YMCA, thanks to Executive Director Sid Gillispie. In addition, The McDonnell Center’s indoor Myles Ahead Track, established by Board of Trustees Chair June Myles, is open for participants to log in steps walking or jogging.

“Since we, as a department, have the resources and knowledge, we feel committed to improving the health and wellness of the people in our community and the surrounding area,” Riggleman said.

“We also have a wonderful relationship with the Elkins/Randolph County YMCA and Davis Medical Center. We each have programs that complement one another and hope to coordinate our efforts to enhance the health of our community residents,” DeLuca added.

The Sport Science Department decided to create Project Life Change in 2013 after discussing the epidemic of obesity in the United State and especially in West Virginia. According to The State of Obesity Better Policies for a Healthier America, released in August 2017, West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate in the nation at 37.7 percent. The report also includes findings on obesity-related health issues in West Virginia, including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis and some cancers.

DeLuca explains that Project Life Change participants will learn the importance of physical activity in combating obesity-related health issues, along with ways to make healthier food choices.

“We want to teach people how to maintain healthier numbers they can live by – such as waist-hip ratio, blood pressure, body composition and recovery rate of the heart – that can really make a difference in their overall health,” DeLuca said.

For more information on Project Life Change or to register, email plc@dewv.edu or call Riggleman at 304-637-1383.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.


Photo Caption: The Davis & Elkins College Sport Science Department is ready to jump start the new year with the spring session of Project Life Change. Getting a start out of the blocks at Myles Ahead Track in The McDonnell Center are, from left, Sport Science Instructor Amanda Larkin, Department Chair Dr. Mary Ann DeLuca and Assistant Professor in Sport Science Dr. Jennifer Riggleman. The free program focuses on helping participants create better, healthier lifestyles. Classes meet from 6-7 p.m. every Monday beginning January 22.

Davis & Elkins College Project Life Change