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Fitness trail at Hinds CC opens with commitment to healthy living

A one-mile Fitness Trail snaking through the trees on the edge of Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus represents commitment in many ways.

For student Seth Roberts, it’s a commitment to making healthier choices at the table.

Seth Roberts, a sophomore at Hinds Community College, speaks about the health benefits of the Fitness Trail on the Raymond Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Seth Roberts, a sophomore at Hinds Community College, speaks about the health benefits of the Fitness Trail on the Raymond Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Lots of students are of the mindset of ‘What will be for lunch today?’ or ‘Who’s cooking?’. Roberts, of Clinton, said the trail’s opening means he has a healthy activity to spend time away from studies.“It’s about coming out here at lunch instead of watching TV or, instead of having five or six slices of pizza, having a salad,” Roberts said. “If I’m on campus on weekends and can’t leave, I can just walk around the walking trail.”

Roberts and others spoke Tuesday at an event to officially open the trail to the public, which encircles the campus tennis court and soccer fields and winds through the disc golf course. It was financed by parts of a $202,000 wellness grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi as part of the Healthy Hinds Campus & Community initiative. The funds enabled other efforts in the past year to promote better health choices on campus.

“Congratulations are in order to Hinds Community College and the Healthy Hinds initiative,” said Sheila Grogan, executive director of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. “We encourage them to continue this effort on campus and expand your resources into the surrounding schools and community.”

The trail features three exercise stations where people can do push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups and similar exercises on parallel bars, strength and stretch bars, pull-up bars, uneven bars and more.

Students Russ Daniels, left, Jason Humphrey, center, and Reid Browning practice chin-ups before the grand opening of the Fitness Trail at Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus Oct. 13, 2015. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Students Russ Daniels, left, Jason Humphrey, center, and Reid Browning practice chin-ups before the grand opening of the Fitness Trail at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus Oct. 13, 2015. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

LouAnne Askew, a retired longtime Hinds employee and Raymond alderwoman, encouraged students and faculty to use the trail as a way to decompress after a rigorous day of classes.

“Even better than that, put your tennis shoes in your car and, when you get off work, come down here and take a long walk,” Askew said. “Just think of how peaceful it’s going to be. It’s my hope that the many citizens of Raymond who’ll take advantage of this wonderful trail.

Zac Stowers weighs himself during the grand opening of the Fitness Trail at Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus Oct. 13, 2015. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Zac Stowers weighs himself during the grand opening of the Fitness Trail at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus Oct. 13, 2015. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse noted his own exercise regimen in the Troy Arlis Ricks Wellness Center through the years as being instrumental in improving health and wellness on campus.

“A long time ago, I made the decision on a commitment to healthy living,” Muse said. “I’m convinced had I not been doing that all of these years, I wouldn’t be here today.”

 

 

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  • Danny Barrett

    Danny Barrett Jr. is a 17-year journalist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. Barrett covered county government and business at The Vicksburg Post for 10 years and came to Hinds Community College in 2015.

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