Pitt gets fit
Carl Bachus | Collegio Writer
In an effort to increase campus health, Pitt State has created a fitness initiative entitled “Exercise Is Medicine” for this year’s Pitt State Project. Leading the way is Bryce Winklepleck, assistant director of fitness and wellness, who has taken it upon himself to get the campus to make healthier decisions and habits.
“My job is to make the campus as healthy as possible by starting events and programs,” Winklepleck said. “I didn’t really do any kind of assessment or anything. I just came in and saw that there was no wellness program here, so I started from the ground up.”
Winklepleck says he created the program to promote and enhance the knowledge, fitness, and wellness of students, faculty, staff and administration at PSU. One of the programs Winklepleck introduced is “Exercise in the Oval,” a biweekly event held in the Oval every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“Basically what we’re trying to do is get the students and faculty and staff involved in exercise as much as possible,” Winklepleck said. “And it’s basically most faculty and staff’s lunchtime, and it’s kind of between classes for a lot of students. It’s a free event where they can just come out and be fit.”
Winklepleck says that “Exercise in the Oval” gets few student attendees and interest seems to spike when a special guest, like PSU President Steve Scott, visit. Scott says that exercise is an important part of his life.
“I’ve exercised for many years, not just for fitness but for therapy also,” Scott said. “It keeps me energized and gives me the energy and stamina to keep up with the stresses of this job.”
Scott says that Winklepleck was an excellent instructor and, even though he exercises regularly, Winklepleck’s routine helped him discover new muscles he hadn’t thought to work out before. Scott says he believes students who are physically active will fare better in the classroom as well.
“For college students specifically, this is the time to start those good habits,” Winklepleck said. “You’re young and your metabolism is fast and you feel healthy. But if you’re not active, you’re not very healthy. Eventually it will catch up to you and if you can catch it soon, it’s much easier to fix now than it will be later.”