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2006.01.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

New Book Club to Focus on Fitness for Women

Omaha - A University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) professor is looking for a few good women in Cass County.  They need to be women who enjoy reading.  They also need to be women who would like to be more active.  Past experience points to a potentially big audience, said Jennifer White.

"What we are setting up is a book club that will offer enjoyment, social support and education," White said.  A faculty member in UNO's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, her research and teaching efforts focuses on fitness and wellness.  "A lot of what is going to be focused on is providing good fitness options and relapse prevention."

The book club, "Women Bound to be Active," will run from mid-February until the end of the 2006 on Thursday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. in Plattsmouth High School's media center.  Meetings will be weekly at first and then taper off to a less frequent schedule.  A graduate student in exercise science, Melissa Meisinger, will coordinate the group.  Meisinger is from Cass County.

 "We have four other book clubs set up in Omaha currently," White said.  "And it's an exciting project."

Up to 20 women can enroll in the book club, which is free and will provide books and materials at no cost.  Participants need to be adults, and there is no upper age limit.  The age range in the existing clubs runs from 19 to 70.

"The women who are interested need to be in generally good health and may have started and stopped a previous exercise program," White said.  Funding for the project comes from Sarpy/Cass County Department of Health and Wellness.  There is a screening process involved when people register.

"I wish we could take everyone who wanted to join," White said.  "We're looking to match up women who most need this kind of support."

For more information, call (402) 554-2670.

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