160216_01-2016-golf-tournament-registration-reminder-1The NIRSA Annual Conference is the only place where more than 2,500 students and colleagues from collegiate recreation gather expressly to advance the profession. It’s also the only time that members from across all six NIRSA regions get to gather face-to-face. However, no matter how great the pay-off, funding travel to events like the NIRSA Annual Conference can pose a significant challenge.

It is to this end that the NIRSA Foundation is excited to announce a continued partnership with NIRSA associate member Core Health & Fitness, formerly known as Star Trac. For the third year in a row, this opportunity offers six NIRSA professional members the chance to attend the 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo, which is being held from April 3–6 in Kissimmee, Florida.

The NIRSA Foundation Travel Assistance Stipend presented by Core Health & Fitness will award one professional member from each of NIRSA’s six regions the opportunity to advance their careers in the field of collegiate recreation. At NIRSA 2016, these professionals will gain valuable knowledge and get to network with other professionals in the field—all without having to shoulder the full cost of travel and lodging.

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Stephanie Moyers participates in a fitness class Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 at Central Baptist Church in Fountain City. The church offers 17 classes a week which are open to the community for $2 a class. Instructor Mary Nelle Glenn (CQ) says that about 80 percent of participants are not Central Baptist members.
Stephanie Moyers participates in a fitness class Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 at Central Baptist Church in Fountain City. The church offers 17 classes a week which are open to the community for $2 a class. Instructor Mary Nelle Glenn (CQ) says that about 80 percent of participants are not Central Baptist members.

Churches are adding health or fitness components to their ministries, according to an American Heart Association article published online in August.

Many fitness facilities have developed relationships with churches. Some large churches, such as Houston’s First Baptist Church, Prestonwood Baptist Church outside of Dallas, and Bellaire Baptist Church in Bossier City, La., have large recreation and fitness centers that include basketball courts, weight rooms, group fitness rooms and indoor walking/jogging tracks, according to the article.

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family-holidaysThe holidays do not have to work against your goal of family health. In some cases, and with a little planning, the holiday school break can provide more time for attention to healthier eating habits, better sleep, a chance for some relaxation, and more time for families to share fun physical and other activities together.

Although the holidays often mean indulgence in a number of treats and less healthy food choices, having healthy foods readily available in the home while the kids are not in school can help. Stock up on healthy snacks. Make some soups, stews, or other nutrient-packed meals in bulk to save time for other fun family activities throughout the week. Plan to eat together as a family more often. Research studies suggest that this often results in better nutrient intake. Also, some less healthy eating or over-eating can be caused by boredom. The fun family activities noted below and others, can help to counter this.

The change in the normal routine over the holidays may also be an ideal time for you to do some healthy cooking with your children. Even young children enjoy helping with food preparation. It may also provide an opportunity to try some new foods — maybe an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable. Depending on their previous experience in the kitchen, teens might appreciate the chance to make a meal for the family. Practicing at least minimal cooking skills is important to prepare them for when they eventually leave the nest.

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If there were a way to double your chances for fitness success, would you be interested? How about a technique to make exercise more fun? A tool that automatically creates space and time in your busy schedule for workouts? A proven way to help you out of a rut or through a plateau?

It may all sound too good to be true, but countless fitness seekers have found that the right workout buddy can do all that and more.

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Physical_Activity_and_the_BrainF-264x300Regular activity has a number of proven, positive health effects, especially on heart health. Vigorous exercise strengthens the heart as a pump, making it a larger, more efficient muscle. Even moderate activity can boost HDL ('good') cholesterol, aid the circulatory system, and lower blood pressure and blood fats. All these effects translate into reduced risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Exercise can also offer other benefits, including strengthened muscles, increased flexibility, and stronger bones, which can help ward off the bone-thinning condition called osteoporosis.

Regular activity also promises mental-health benefits, like relieving stress and anxiety. It can help you sleep better and renew your energy. If exercise could be bottled, it would be a best-selling potion at the local pharmacy.

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imagesHave you ever thought about pursuing a career or starting a business in the health and fitness industry? If you're passionate about nutrition, exercise and helping others, it could be a great option for you.

Health and fitness coaches do everything from helping people fix their eating habits and get in shape, to training athletes and helping people recover from injuries. It's a rewarding and flexible career that allows you to improve people's lives, but that doesn't mean every moment on the job is a victory. Just like with any other career path, there are pros and cons.

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The holiday season is all about decadent goodies and it's easy to overdo it–especially when your house is full of treats. That's why we've rounded up some unique and nutritious ways to host a food exchange that will get you ready for healthy holiday eating.

1. Homemade soup exchange
Host a party and ask attendees to bring their favourite healthy soups. First, ask your guests to RSVP with exactly what kind of soup they are bringing so there's no overlap in recipes. Second, each guest should bring one big pot of soup (with enough servings for the group) and a number of smaller mason jars or BPA-free plastic containers to fill with the soup the rest of the attendees provide. Third, ask each guest to provide their recipe and make it clear if there are any potential allergens. Tip: Suggest that your friends bring freezer-friendly containers so they can easily store these healthy dishes for last-minute meals during the holiday season.

2. Healthy casseroles
Baking up a storm for holiday season? Bake in bulk and share with your friends. Whip up your favourite casserole dishes en masse but bake them into individual disposable foil containers. Mix up a spaghetti squash version, a chicken and artichoke dish or a classic veggie casserole. Again, make sure to provide a list of ingredients in case of allergies. Post-party, pop these in your freezer for easy home-cooked meals during the busy season.

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At the office we often find ourselves sitting for long periods of time, snacking on unhealthy foods and endlessly consuming coffee. Even though we know these habits aren't good for us, we often have a hard time breaking the cycle. Luckily, there are simple changes you can make at work that will leave you feeling happier, healthier and more productive.

1. Create an ergonomic workstation. "Ergonomics is perfecting the relationship between the worker and the equipment for the purpose of insuring comfort and efficiency," says Shona Anderson, Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist and president of Anderson Ergonomics Consulting Inc. Creating an ergonomically sound office space can improve functionality, health and well-being at work.

• Ensure you have a chair that supports you and is fully adjustable. Look for a seat where the front edge curves towards to floor.
• It can be a habit to cross your legs at your desk, but it's better to have both feet planted on the ground.
• Try to have your elbows bent at 90 degrees. To do this you can adjust your chair height and keyboard or desk height.

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Orangetheory Fitness clubs are popping up in major Canadian cities, drawing in new members with the promise of an after-burn advantage—extra calories burned post-workout. “There’s a lot of merit to Orangetheory,” says Amanda Vogel, a certified fitness instructor in Vancouver. “It emphasizes the benefits of post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC, and high-intensity interval training, or HIIT—HIIT is a hot fitness trend right now. What I like about it is that it doesn’t leave you guessing.”

Vogel’s referring to use of heart rate monitors that help you reach your maximum heart rate during HIIT—a series of intervals of short periods of hard-core exercise followed by a period of rest. In an Orangetheory Fitness club, your heart rate is visible on screens so you can adjust your pace of exercise accordingly, explains Vogel. Studies show you burn more calories for 20 or more hours following this type of workout.

“The whole HIIT in Orangetheory is easy to do at home or anywhere you like to exercise,” says Vogel, as long as you have a tool to tack your heart rate, of course. Here’s how:

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