Wellness Team Introduces “Run, Walk, Roll, or Cheer”

GRCC’s Wellness Team is introducing a new program called Run, Walk, Roll, or Cheer.  Run, Walk, Roll, or Cheer encourages the participation of GRCC students, alumni, faculty, staff, and retirees in local run/walk events and self-organizing run/walk groups in order to promote health at GRCC and enhance our connections to the community.  Visit www.grcc.edu/runwalkrollcheer for more info.

Involvement in all aspects of run/walk events is encouraged, including a) running, rolling, or walking in local events, b) joining local groups that support running, rolling, or walking, c) playing a supportive role in events (e.g., working at an aid station), and/or d) turning out to cheer on GRCC colleagues.


  • The Inaugural Undy 5000 (5K) and 1 mile fun-run/walk is happening 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, 2010 (see www.undy5000gr.org for more information). The event is raising funds to fight colon cancer. They are also looking for volunteers for the event, if you are interested click here for more information.
  • Ric Underhile has created a Facebook group called ‘GRCC Runners’ that is open to anyone interested in connecting with others. The group is a way to have some good, healthy fun together and is open to anyone at GRCC who is interested – just do a search in Facebook to find it.

Please contact Steve Wagner (swagner@grcc.edu) if you’d like to communicate a run/walk event or would like support organizing or connecting with run/walk groups.

Wellness Opportunity: Neither Pudgy nor Bulky

Neither Pudgy nor Bulky or cardiovascular vs strength training for maximum fat loss – Friday, April 16, 2010  9:30-11 a.m.  This course is an overview of the differences between the effects of cardiovascular training and resistance training on the body and its fat burning processes including examples of both types of fitness routines and the tools necessary to measure their effectiveness.

Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the major components of health-related physical fitness.
  • Define aerobic exercise and name at least five different types of aerobic activities.
  • Calculate target heart rates and their use for optimum aerobic training
  • Define and understand the impact of resistance training on fat loss
  • Differentiate between isometric and isotonic forms of resistance training.
  • Compare the immediate and long-term effects of cardio and strength training
  • Define the essential components of optimum fat loss focused fitness regime
  • Design a 15 min. personalized desk-side workout routine

Target Audience: anybody interested in exploring exercise for body fat loss.  Register at www.grcc.edu/currentlearning

Be Healthy Be Fit: The 7 Keys for New Golfers (4/8/10)

Have you ever heard someone say, “I tried golf once but it wasn’t for me. It was intimidating and everything happened so fast. It was embarrassing and I didn’t understand it”? Learn the seven keys that every new – or almost new – golfer should know.

Spring is here — the time when a man’s — or women’s — fancy turns to GOLF! The Be Healthy Be Fit Program is hosting a session facilitated by Scott Seifferlein, local golf pro on Thursday, April 8 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.  After attending this session, you will know:

  • how to learn golf the right way
  • the six steps to embarrassment free golf
  • three secrets about enjoying the game that the golf courses will never tell you
  • Scott’s new golfer tee-box system
  • which clubs are for decorative purposes only
  • how to select an instructor

Don’t forget the Annual GRCC Flanagan Golf Outing, held to raise funds for student scholarships, is coming up on Thursday, May 27 and you want to be ready.  Register for this session at www.grcc.edu/currentlearning Scroll to the bottom of the page to the Wellness & Personal Enrichment section.

GRCC Fitness Team Triple Crown Series Debut

GRCC Fitness Team

The GRCC Fitness Team made its Triple Crown Series running debut last Saturday at the Irish Jig 5K held in East Grand Rapids. GRCC finished in 9th place out of 46 teams in Division I. Susan Hill (Nursing) led the team scoring followed by Whitney Johnson (Counseling), Chris Allen (Job Placement), Steve Ender (Prez Office), and Alejandro Saldivar (Mathematics). Chris posted our lowest time with a 19:29 clip through the snowy conditions. Also running for the team were Steve Beauclair (spouse of Gilda Gely), Ric Underhile (Instructional Support & Interdisciplinary Studies), Mike Schavey (Academic Service Learning), Lisa Dopke (College Advancement), David Anderson (LRTS). Bill Ouchark (LRTS), and Jim Fox (HR). Irish Jig individual and Triple Crown Team results can seen at www.ClassicRace.com.

The Jig is the first of three Triple Crown Series races. The next race is the Brian Diemer 5K in Cutlerville on June 12. The last race is the Reeds Lake Run 5K on June 26. Although the Triple Crown competition limits team roster eligibility to full time staff and spouses, all GRCC staff including part time employees are welcomed to join the Fitness Team. Please contact Jim Fox (jfox@grcc.edu) if you are interested.

What is a “Healthy Diet”?

From the USDA – United States Department of Agriculture: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans give science-based advice on food and physical activity choices for health. The 2005 edition of the Dietary Guidelines remain the current guidelines until the 2010 edition is released.

The Dietary Guidelines describe a healthy diet as one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.

Eat From the Ground up

As part of National Nutrition Month, the GRCC Be Healthy Be Fit program will provide tips during the month to help you eat healthier.

The 2010 National Nutrition Month theme is: “Eat from the ground up” emphasizing the focus on eating a plant based diet. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
~ The National Dietetic Association (www.eatright.org)

Triple Crown Running Series Looking for GRCC Runners

GRCC has a new running team.  This year, the GRCC “Be Healthy Be Fit” Program is sponsoring a team in the local running team competition, the “Triple Crown Series”.  The three races that make up the Triple Crown Series are:

  • Irish Jig 5K (March 20)
  • Brian Diemer Amerikam 5K (June 12)
  • Reeds Lake Run (June 26)

The Triple Crown Series eligibility rules stipulate that participates must be full time staff.  Spouses are also eligible.  Another Triple Crown rule is that team scores are improved by 10 percent if the CEO/president runs.  President Ender has agreed to join the team!   Each race is 5 kilometers, or 3.1 miles.  GRCC will be competing in Division I along with Steelcase, Amway, Spectrum, and other large companies and organizations.  The team with the lowest points wins the competition.  Only the top five runners score points.   Points are scored by your place in your age group and gender.  You can see past year results at www.ClassicRace.com There is an individual registration fee ($25) required by each runner for each race.   If you are interested in participating, please contact Jim Fox in the HR Dept before March 10.  For those who are interested in keeping up with the Team’s progress, join our Facebook group, GRCC Runners.

March is National Nutrition Month

The GRCC Be Healthy Be Fit program is offering two nutrition classes for employees.

  • Jim Keating, Adjunct Faculty member in Photography, will facilitate Food Choices, Exercise & Weight Loss on Tuesday, March 16 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Sandy Andrews, Faculty member in Physical Sciences, will facilitate Moderating your Salt, Sugar, Fat, & Cholesterol Intake on Friday, March 19 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Register for these sessions at www.grcc.edu/currentlearning

Another Zumba Class

The Be Healthy Be Fit program is sponsoring another six week course beginning Monday, March 8.  Sessions will be held on Mondays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Spectrum Theater dance studio.  The cost of the course is $15.00 which must be paid in the Learning Academy prior to the start of the class.

Zumba is a dance/exercise program.  Here is a video in case you don’t know what Zumba is: