RU-N Students Will Revert to Childhood as They Hopscotch and Jump Rope Their Way to Fitness on April 8

RU-N Students Will Revert to Childhood as They Hopscotch and Jump Rope Their Way to Fitness on April 8

Editors: This April 8 event is not open to the public but you are invited to cover it.

Screenings at the 2014 fair.
  The spring 2015 “Back to the Playground #recess” fitness fair continues the Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) tradition of promoting healthy student lifestyle choices through an interactive, educational yet entertaining program that encourages fitness. But this year, the fair will take participants back to childhood through activities played on grammar school playgrounds: hula hoop, jump rope, hopscotch and twister challenges.  Following the playground theme, the fair will serve up snacks typically found in a child’s lunch box, such as apples, clementines, string cheese, juice boxes, animal crackers, fruit cups, and carrot sticks with dip.

WHAT:  Informative games and displays, health screenings, free nutritious snacks, giveaways, and activities designed to get students on their feet and moving.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 8, noon – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Norman Samuels Plaza (between University Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and between Warren and Bleeker streets). Rain location: The Golden Dome Athletic Center, Warren Street and University Avenue.

WHO: Open to students, faculty and staff with RU IDs, free of charge.

WHY: Many college students eat unhealthy foods, get too little sleep and exercise, and generally make poor health decisions. But since 2002, Rutgers has used interactive health fairs to educate students to dangers such as obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  The fairs include free screenings, fun activities, healthy snacks, and educational demonstrations and exhibitions offered by various RU-N departments and service providers, including the RU-N Health Center and Pharmacy, Student Health Advocates, Athletics and Recreation, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Housing and Residence Life, Public Safety, UNITY Theater, the College of Nursing, the Diversity Center, Counseling Center, NJPIRG (RU-N), Red Cross (RU-N), and Computing Services.


Media Contact: Carla Capizzi, 973/353-5262