August Club Sport of the Month – GSU Run Club

I’m pleased to announce the first Club Sport of the Month for the 2012-2013 school year! The GSU Run Club is the Club Sport of the Month for August, I know it’s almost October, but that doesn’t mean we can let such an awesome club slip by without any recognition! I had a few questions for the guy in charge of it all, President of the the GSU Run Club, Joey White, and here’s what he had to say!

What is a tradition your team has?

Our team has several traditions of running, pasta parties and regular get togethers. Our newest spring tradition is jumping into the lake next Lakeside showing we not only run, but can swim too!

What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?

Besides being involved and staying healthy, my favorite part would have to be the people. We are a group of completely different people that come from all different back grounds and lifestyles, but we’re all brought together by our love of running.

How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

We offer 6 practice sessions in the week. MTWR at 7:00 at the Rac pavilion and 6 a.m. practices on TR. Practice is not mandatory, but attending at least 3 a week is strongly encouraged. We typically meet up, warm up and then split up into groups depending on the type of distances desired. We recently added a coach to our staff and he surprises us with runs he comes up with, usually with courses he made up around the RAC fields.

How often to you have meets?

We travel and compete in 3-4 Intercollegiate races every fall. However, there are local road races around campus, Statesboro, Savannah or other nearby cities almost every other weekend.

What is it like to travel around and compete against different schools?

Nothing less than awesome. At Nationals every year, we compete with schools as close as Georgia Tech and UGA and with schools as far away as Washington State. It’s a great feeling not only to go out to run and have fun, but to be able to represent our school across the country.

What is your best memory about Club Sports?

My best memory would have to be the long van rides to places like Indiana University. It’s a great chance for you to really get to know your teammates and friends.

When did you start participating in GSU’s Run Club?

I got involved with the running club at the beginning of my freshmen year. It was by far one of the best choices I made here at Southern.

What if someone is interested in the Run Club? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

If someone is interested in the club, then come out to practice! The best place for information is our Facebook group, Georgia Southern Running Club! No try outs- we have runners at all different levels, just come out and have fun!

When was your club established at Georgia Southern?

This is our club’s 4th year here on campus. Not to mention our biggest and looking to be our best!

Does your team have any achievements the team is especially proud of?

We are proud in general to be a club sport here on campus, not to mention one that is growing. We are also espically proud of hosting our annual race for our runners that fellow students, professors and community members are able to run.


Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…

Have you visited the pools at CRI this semester? If you haven’t, you should, and here’s why.

If you haven’t taken advantage of the aquatic facility in the RAC yet, and it’s because you’re not comfortable in the water, lets change that! Come to a free swim lesson preview!

There’s a preview on October 17 from 7-8 pm.  The best part is that the preview is free! If you decide to sign up, you’ll receive six swimming lessons for only $10 – that’s a steal!

Not only is it important to know how to swim for a safety reason, swimming is also an awesome form of exercise that has many benefits to your health and body.

Here are some benefits of swimming that I found on the LiveStrong website:

–       weight loss

–       low impact

–       toning

–       circulation

–       aerobic exercise

–       muscle strength

You can read into depth about these points by clicking on these two links to the articles:


If you’d like to add a relaxing pool experience to your schedule, there will be a Dive-In Movie at 8 pm on Saturday, October 6. Come on out to relax and float around while watching Battleship (this movie title is a precursor to an upcoming event!) These events are a lot of fun and get you involved on campus in an easy way.

Ready to pick up the intensity? Tell your friends about BATTLESHIP happening on October 30 at 7 pm. If you’ve never heard of BATTLESHIP, check it out:


See ya around the pool decks!

Prevent the freshman, sophomore, junior or senior 15!

We’ve all heard about the threatening Freshman 15. Some have experienced it while others took steps to avoid it. Students have experienced the back to school weight gain in following years as well. Never fear! I’m here to give you some tips and tricks to help keep you from having to go up a size this fall.

I was a victim of the Freshman 15 my first year away from home. It’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits and not even realize it. One of the main problems I had was eating healthy with my dining plan. What’s wrong with pizza and cheeseburgers everyday? A lot.

We’re all experiencing the dining hall changes this fall and may feel limited to what there is to eat around here!

If you haven’t tried The Nest, I suggest you do. They have some healthy options to add to your daily diet including a fresh salad and fruit bar and a station where you can order delicious wraps! There are also ways to be healthy throughout the rest of our dining facilities on campus. Try to add fruits and veggies to your meal instead of fries or chips. And if you just HAVE to have Chick-fil-a, go for something grilled and a fruit cup instead of upgrading to a large number 1. If you make a conscious effort to choose the healthier option, it’ll soon become a habit!

Being conscious of what you’re putting into your body isn’t the only thing that will keep you from putting on those extra pounds. You also need to find ways to stay active!

It’s easy to become lazy during the school year. Why? Because we get tired! Waking up early for class, trudging through the hot, humid air on campus, sitting through numerous lectures then topping off the day with reading and homework assignments. College students live a rough life, ya know?

I promise that staying active will give you that boost of energy you need to get through the day, while also keeping you feeling alert and better about yourself. There are tons of ways to stay active around campus and I encourage you to give up 30 to 60 minutes of Facebook each day to give your body the attention that it needs!

If you enjoy running, take a jog around the RAC trails or up and down campus. Challenge yourself to go a little longer or faster each time you’re out! If you’re like me, and have never been a runner but would like to give it a try, start off by running in the grass around the softball fields. This is a safer way to get started to allow your muscles and joints to get used to the motion and impact. If you ever get discouraged, make yourself keep it up for just one more minute! You may be surprised that you can push yourself harder than you think. Then think about how awesome it’ll be when you’re ready to run the True Blue 5K!

If you’re not big into running, or like to change up your workouts, Group Fitness classes are an awesome way to fit in your workout while having fun! Free classes are offered daily and there are so many to choose from. If you aren’t particularly fond of a class after your first time, don’t make up your mind just yet. Try a class three or four times before you decide it’s not for you. You never know what your body will adapt to if you just give it a chance.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and everyone’s body responds in different ways. Find the routine that works best for YOU, not what works best for the people around you.

Eat right, stay active and have fun!


Accept the Challenge!

Did you know that Georgia Southern was named one of the top green universities in the country by the Princeton Review for the second year in a row? I didn’t either!

This past weekend I was presented with an opportunity to go on a campus sustainability tour with GSU professor and Director of the Center for Sustainability, Dr. Lissa Leege. There are so many steps that Georgia Southern takes in order to help direct our campus towards sustainability, which is the ability to meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, according to the UN Bruntland Commission.

It’s easy to go about your day without thinking about whether or not future generations will be able to keep using the resources on our planet. I get that. But I think if you are fed some knowledge, you might catch yourself thinking twice.

Here are a few interesting facts I learned about our campus:

– There are 14 buildings on campus with white roofs. This allows the hot sun to reflect and also helps insulate the building. This reduces heating and cooling costs to save money and energy.

– Have you ever noticed square bricks in areas along the pedestrium that don’t match the others? Well those are pervious pavers. They allow rainwater to trickle through and be filtered before it ends up in our water systems.

– There are over 600 recycling bins on campus!

– Our buses use ultra low sulfur diesel and use biodiesel as fuel to transport students around campus.

– The RAC is LEED certified and the new Biology building will also be LEED certified!

These are only a few of the many things campus has to help keep GSU green. If a university of over 20,000 students can take the steps to live a little greener, what can YOU do to reduce your carbon footprint and become more sustainable?

I challenge you to participate in the LivinGreen Challenge. You can commit to 10, 20 or 30 days to increase the ways you live green. No act is too small for this challenge, so click here to register!

You can do things like carpool to campus with roommates or friends, invest in a reusable water bottle and water filter, turn off the water while brushing your teeth or washing your face and set up your own recycling bins in your house or apartment. Get creative, there are SO MANY ways to live a little greener!

But don’t stop there! Make sure you take pictures of yourself participating in these types of sustainable acts and post them to the University Wellness Facebook page or email them to to be entered into a prize raffle! Prizes include a bike, Kindle and many green, household items. Also, all participants will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last.

On top of taking pictures of yourself adding sustainability to your daily lifestyle, you may receive a signature on your attendance verification form for attending approved events to be placed in the prize raffle. For example, you can attend the Farmer’s Market on the first and third Tuesday of the month to help support local farmers and enjoy fresh produce. A list of those events can be found HERE.

I feel that most people don’t realize how much of an impact they have on our planet, even as an individual. Take THIS QUIZ to find out how many earths we would need if everyone lived like you! If everyone lived like me, we would need almost four earths! I need to step up my green game, so I accept the LivinGreen Challenge and I’m challenging you to do the same!

Happy Green Living!