The annual Springfield College Fit Fest occurred on Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Springfield College Field House. The event recognizes National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day, an annual event of the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association. Fit Fest was free and open to the public.
More than 40 exhibits and activities representing Springfield College groups and area businesses addressed wellness topics including heart health, mental health, skin safety, nutrition, emergency preparedness, and health care. Attendees had the opportunity to receive a free chair massage, have their blood pressure checked, have their body fat measured, participate in a functional movement screening, receive a free hearing test, and learn about self-defense.
Exhibitors in attendance included: American Heart Association, Tapestry Health, YMCA, American Red Cross, Springfield Food Policy Council, Optimum Massage Therapy, New North Citizens Council Inc., Springfield North WIC Program, Springfield Health and Human Services, MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Melanoma Foundation of New England, Springfield Food Policy Council, and Griffin’s Friends.
Springfield College students competed for the titles of king and queen of Fit Fest through tests in power, strength, speed, and agility.
Fit Fest is co-sponsored by the Springfield College Department of Campus Recreation and Bolduc’s Apparel.
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News & World Report, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.