ELKINS - Helping people create better, healthier lifestyles is the goal the Davis & Elkins College Sport Science Department as they prepare to begin the fall session of Project Life Change. The free program, supported with a grant from the Snowshoe Foundation, begins at 6 p.m. Monday, September 17 on the College campus.
Classes meet from 6-7 p.m. each Monday from September 17 through November 12 in Eshlelman Science Center Room 400. The program will cover nutrition, activity and overall wellness education in addition to pre- and post-assessment of overall health and wellness.
Elkins residents T.R. and Traci Eidell say that after attending the spring session of Project Life Change, they have developed healthier habits, feel better and are in better shape physically.
“We have healthier eating habits and we exercise for 30 to 40 minutes three or four days a week,” T.R. Eidell said. “We both feel better and my wife’s doctor said she’s in better shape than she was eight months ago. It’s a great thing to do.”
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.
Now in its sixth year, Project Life Change has helped dozens of area residents become more aware of food choices and the importance of regular exercise to maintain better health. Classes are led by Chair of the Davis & Elkins Sport Science Department Dr. Mary Ann DeLuca, Assistant Professor of Sport Science Dr. Jennifer Riggleman and Sport Science Instructor Amanda Larkin.
“We feel that we’re making a positive impact within the community,” DeLuca said. “We notice at the start of each session we see new faces and that gives us the momentum to keep the program going.”
Project Life Change is open to participants of all ages in Randolph County and the surrounding areas. For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 set to begin the fall session of Project Life Change. The free program that incorporates nutrition and activity to help participants create healthier lifestyles is led by, from left, Assistant Professor of Sport Science Dr. Jennifer Riggleman, Department Chair Dr. Mary Ann DeLuca and Sport Science Instructor Amanda Larkin. The trio suggests The Myles Ahead Track on the upper level of The McDonnell Center as a choice for indoor walking. The facility is open to the public.