Some of Michigan State’s recreational sports facilities we built in the early 1900’s, and are still in use today. While millions of dollars are being spent on additions to campus, Rec Sports Director Rick McNeil, says the MSU administration has not made these work out facilities a priority in upgrades. McNeil has recently sent in proposals of what existing space could be renovated. One of these proposals involves an emptied pool in IM Circle that has been closed down since the 80’s. Instead, McNeil thinks they should build a new, three-story work out facility in its place.
OKEMOS – On Feb. 17, Okemos High School opened their new Strength and Conditioning Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new high-tech fitness space. With this being twice the size of the old weight room, it will give every sport team the opportunity to use and develop their weaknesses they might think they need improvement on. “This was a really great move for Okemos High,” said Michigan State Associated Professor Of Kinesiology Karin Pfeiffer. “This gives kids and young people the opportunity to work out somewhere after school for free.
Recreational activities can often be limited for senior citizens. The Sam Corey Senior Center located off of Cedar Street in Delhi Township serves as a place where elders 55 and older can participate in weekly activities that are beneficial to their health, as well as social well-being. The building which was reopened in June 2009, was named after Sam Corey who was instrumental in organizing as well as fundraising for the new structure. In the last seven years the center has became pivotal in community outreach as well as serving tri-county senior residents. Jane Wallin, a representative for the center, knows first-hand about the community involvement as well what goes into the day-to-day operations.
Men’s Fitness Magazine recently ranked Michigan State University as the third fittest college in the nation. The ranking was based on nutrition, fitness and campus indexes that included the number of athletic clubs, nutrition and the amount of sunshine on campus. MSU has three intramural facilities on campus that are utilized by thousands of students. “I like IM West because it’s big, there are a lot of machines so if someone is using something usually there’s something else you can do,” MSU freshman Louis Savona said. “They’re all new and they’re all nice.”
On the heels of the launch of Gov. Rick Snyder’s heath and wellness initiative for Michigan, local schools are stepping up to curb the growing problem of obesity among the state’s youth. “To build a stronger Michigan, we must build a healthier Michigan,” Snyder said in a special address last week to Michigan citizens and the legislature. Particularly the health of young people in the state received notable emphasis during the address, an issue that is already being tackled in some Holt schools. Horizon Elementary Principal David Hornak said efforts to create a healthier environment for students through programs like “Safer Routes to School” have been in the works for years. Essentially, the “Safer Routes to School” program is aimed at getting students out of the car and into the community by having them walk to school with parent volunteers who head up “walking school buses,” Hornak said.