South Carolina ranked the 8th fattest state in the US has an adult obesity rate of 30.9 % has undertaken new guidelines to help reduce the weight of the incoming freshmen students into its University system.
All incoming freshmen are now being required to take an obligatory fitness assessment before being beginning their school year. Officials will be measuring the body mass index which can measure body fat and will also keep track of how many sit-ups, pushups, curl-ups, trunk lifts etc. that the incoming students can do. Students will also have to run back and forth between two cones at increasingly quick speeds.
Robert. L Wyatt, President of Coker University, said that he wants to educate students on physical fitness so they can live longer and happier lives. The president of Coker University himself has a history of being overweight; he has lost 100 pounds since his days in college and once said about it that, “I was amazed by folks who knew my personal story of weight loss and the struggles required to maintain it and was reminded once again of how important it is to help all of our Coker community understand not only the importance of wellness but the tools and techniques that will help them to achieve this state of wellness, my past serves to remind me of the challenges students face when growing up in a culture that presents them with daily temptations and distractions that may lead to unhealthy choices.”
Coker University has now implemented a healthier living lifestyle for its college students by guaranteeing a nutritious plate option at every meal in the school cafeteria. One look at the school menus will reveal items like baked fish, steamed veggies, side salads and fruits and all foods there now come with nutritional information. Also all Coker College students will be required to participate in at least four extracurricular activities like kickboxing, discussions with a dietician, yoga and strength training classes and Zumba classes which are held in the dark with glow sticks and lasers. This is all being done in the hopes of not only having healthy and fit students but to also help students achieve better test score as overweight students also demonstrate worsened class attendance, more tardiness to classes and less participation in school athletics.