CAL Faculty and Staff Win MSU Physical Activity Challenge

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A heartily congratulation is in order for the five-member College of Arts & Letters team that won the MSU Physical Activity Challenge.

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From left to right: Brad Willcuts, Sheila Contreras, Carly Ensign, Deb Mansel, Jeff Grabill

Sponsored by Provost June Pierce Youatt, the MSU Physical Activity Challenge program kicked off the 2015-2016 academic year. It is just one part of the university’s Healthy Campus Initiative, designed to improve the health and well- being of all MSU faculty, staff, and students. The winning team included:

  • Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning and Technology
  • Sheila Contreras, Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Letters Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
  • Brad Willcuts, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre
  • Deb Mansel, HR Manager, College of Arts & Letters
  • Carly Ensign, Office Supervisor, Department of Romance and Classical Studies

Colleges and selected administrative units were chosen to participate, and selected five representatives. Team members were each given a Pivotal Tracker 1 band to use for the purposes of the competition. The device is worn on the wrist, and is designed to estimate total calories expended during the day, as well as total steps taken. The goal of the team was 10,000 steps per day.

The MSU Physical Activity Challenge served as a pilot study to determine whether broader implementation of this or similar types of activities would be useful in encouraging healthy behaviors among the MSU campus community.