(02/05/14) - Over the last year, UM-Flint personal trainer Bo Glasschild has seen a shift in student health and fitness around campus.
"I see these college kids finally awakening and coming alive. They're coming to the gyms, they're being active in the snow, they're biking, they're eating healthier," he said.
The Greater Flint Health Coalition's second annual Commit to Fit College Challenge launched this week. It's open to students across Mid-Michigan and includes a battle between UM-Flint, Mott and Baker to see which campus can be the most active by the end of February.
Last year, UM-Flint took first place.
"We're absolutely striving to win it again this year. Michigan is really the leader and the best. We want to win, we're going to come out and have more people active on campus," said Alicia Gillman, UM-Flint student.
The program offers free fitness classes, and activity minutes of any kind can be logged on the Commit to Fit website.
"We're hoping to have over 1,000 college students this year, which connects them to the 35,000 college students in the area. We're trying to, slowly but surely, impact culture change," said Tony Cuttitta, of the Greater Flint Health Coalition. "Those that reach the goal of being active for 30 minutes everyday are eligible for a $100 cash incentive, gift certificates at local college books stores."
New this year, a Twitter war between campuses using #commit to fit - complete with motivational quotes, selfies and a little trash talk.
"As long as it's positive competition and nothing cut-throat, but people are definitely getting to each other here and there," said Donald Tabor, UM-Flint student.
Glasschild hopes students of all ages jump on board.
To sign up for the Commit to Fit College Challenge, click HERE.
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