2010.03.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
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New UNO Book Club Aims to Activate Women
Omaha - A University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) book club designed to help women lead healthier lives and become more active has a new name and a new program.
Fit Minded – known previously as Women Bound to Be Active – now offers an online component, in addition to face-to-face meetings in Omaha, for women of all ages.
The eight-month program, launched in 2005 by Jennifer Huberty in UNO’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, empowers women through self-examination and self-worth development. Inspiring books are read and discussed in a group setting. Trained experts in health promotion will teach women of all ages how to become more active and make themselves a priority.
"Fit Minded is what we like to call 'personal training for your brain',” Huberty said. "Fit Minded educates, supports and empowers women to be successful at living a healthy lifestyle with a focus on physical activity. This is about making a choice to take care of yourself. Fit Minded is facilitated through a book club led by health promotion professionals. Although we don’t focus on weight loss, women have emailed me years later to tell me that they have lost weight but more importantly, feel better about themselves.”
More than 200 women in the Omaha area have participated in the Women Bound to Be Active program.
"We are very excited about the potential for this program to help women become more healthy and for our students to learn how to implement behavior change models in this environment," said Dan Blanke, chair of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at UNO. "Dr. Huberty has used a research model to refine the program and continues to collect data which she uses to provide evidence of the program’s efficacy. She has incorporated opportunities for students to learn and practice throughout the experience which has made it a viable part of our academic experience."
The first Fit Minded session begins Monday, April 5. Sessions are held Mondays for eight months, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center on the UNO campus. The second session begins Tuesday, May 4. Memberships can be paid monthly at three levels – $25, $40 and $50 – which include various online components.
"The work by Dr. Huberty is a shining example of how research performed at the University of Nebraska can directly benefit the health of Nebraskans. It is a testament to the university's efforts to work on finding solutions to real world problems," said Steven J. Schreiner, licensing and marketing manager of UNeMed, which partnered with UNO on the Fit Minded program.
Huberty’s research interests include physical activity adherence and lifestyle behavior change in women and children. She was recently funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to determine which recess environment most encourages kids to choose physical activity. She also teaches graduate courses in physical activity measurement, weight management, worksite wellness and women’s health. She is co-author of the book Designing Effective Physical Activity Interventions.
For more information contact Huberty: email@example.com or (402) 554-3251; or visit www.befitminded.com.
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