Healthy and Fit Falcon Program Empowers Students

Saint Augustine’s University Health Center used a Health-E-Fund grant from the Saremi Health & Wellness Foundation in 2017 to give a group of 10 students tools to improve their overall health.

The ‘Healthy and Fit Falcon’ wellness program, thanks to the foundation’s support, equipped each student with a Fitbit bracelet, as well as personalized counseling and education, said Timothy B. Stevenson, Director of the Gordon Health Center on the school’s Raleigh, NC campus.

Students had the opportunity to meet with a registered dietitian; learned the importance of checking blood pressure; created individualized workout plans with a fitness trainer; went to yoga classes; and learned how to calculate their BMI (body mass index), Stevenson said. Students also entered themselves as bone marrow donors on the national registry.

“My concern was that students didn’t feel like it was important, at their age, to start a healthy way of life. The grant allowed me the time to make them understand how to be proactive regarding their health,” said Stevenson. “We are the Mighty Falcons, and we can soar higher now that we are healthier!”