Posts Tagged ‘health and fitness promotion’

Inaugural ‘5K with Dr. K’ a Huge Success

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Nearly 120 runners and walkers joined SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy on Thursday, May 12  and took part in the College’s first ever President’s 5K Run/Walk Challenge.

Participants competed on SUNY Canton’s scenic 3.1-mile women’s cross country race course which is comprised of trails behind the campus and along the Grasse River, an uphill battle near the new apartment-style residence halls, and a finish down near the soccer fields and new athletic complex.

“I was thrilled with the turnout and seeing so many familiar faces from the College as well as the community,” Kennedy said. “The weather fully cooperated with us and every participant was smiling as they crossed the finish line. It was a great way to show people that exercise can be fun and I am already looking forward to doing this again next year.”

Kennedy was the top finisher in his age group. SUNY Canton men’s cross country runner Justin Richardson, class of 2013, finished first overall with a time of 18:40. The top women’s finisher was Kristin Shumway (23:02).

The race was one of many events taking place at the College this semester as part of the campus-wide Wellness Initiative, sponsored by the Student Affairs division. Kennedy, an avid runner, was an integral part of starting the Initiative, which has been put in place for students, faculty and staff to help encourage healthy habits that allow the mind, body and spirit to perform at their highest level.

Race Results (includes top-three finishers in each age group):

MEN: 19 & Under

  1. Scott Jeffers
  2. Brennan Dellanore
  3. Harrison DeRuggiero McGuiness

MEN: Ages 20-29

  1. Justin Richardson
  2. Michael Zelyez
  3. Daniel Romlein

MEN: Ages 30-39

  1. John Kennedy
  2. Kenneth Burd
  3. Brandon DaVock

MEN: Ages 40-49

  1. Will Glass
  2. Scott Toth
  3. Randy Sieminski

MEN: Ages 50-59

  1. Jeff Weeks
  2. Rick Bucalo

MEN: Ages 60+

  1. Joseph Kennedy
  2. Toby Irven

WOMEN: 19 & Under

  1. Maria Ricalton
  2. Melinda Whitty
  3. 3. Erin Conklin

WOMEN: Ages 20-29

  1. Kristin Shumway
  2. Jacqueline Danis
  3. Katie Kennedy

WOMEN: Ages 30-39

  1. Lorenda Prier
  2. Mary Beth Sieminski
  3. Jennifer Flint

WOMEN: Ages 40-49

  1. Heather MacKinnon
  2. Louise Parks
  3. Jennifer McDonald

WOMEN: Ages 50-59

  1. Nadia Marano
  2. Valerie Sestir
  3. Susan Law

WOMEN: Ages 60+

  1. Patricia Cassara

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SUNY Canton Adds Health and Fitness Promotion Bachelor’s Degree

Monday, February 21st, 2011

SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) majors Katie Campbell of Avon, Ct., and Gary Travers of North Bangor monitor Chelsey MacDonald of Massena’s performance on the treadmill. The PTA program will serve as the first two years in the College’s new health and fitness promotion four-year degree.

SUNY Canton’s newest program will lead to careers in the growing fitness industry and offers students a gateway to health-related advanced degree programs, including a doctor of physical therapy.

The College has received approval from the State University of New York and the New York State Department of Education to offer the four-year health and fitness promotion degree.

“The health industry continues to grow and we expect this program to grow quickly as well,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I can see it expanding as rapidly as our new sports management major, which already has more than 125 applicants for next year.”

The newest offering is a two plus two program that builds on the College’s existing two-year programs according to Deborah Molnar, a doctor of physical therapy and director of the College’s physical therapist assistant (PTA) program.

“One of the first questions incoming students ask about the two-year PTA program is ‘How do I become a physical therapist with this degree?’” Molnar said. “The health and fitness promotion program can close the gap between our associate degree and a doctorate of physical therapy.”

The program consists of student-selected tracks. During the first two years in an associate’s program, students can opt to take PTA specific courses, or other relevant associate degree courses with an emphasis in science and health. During the final two years, students can choose either a science or a business track depending on their personal interests. Students who wish to start a career immediately after college would typically select the business track, while those seeking to continue their education towards a doctor of physical therapy or other health-related degrees can choose the science track.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for fitness workers are expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations. There is rapid job growth in health clubs and other fitness facilities. Employment in the field is expected to grow 27 percent through 2016. Graduates of the program may pursue employment in settings that promote health and wellness including fitness centers, corporate fitness facilities, as personal trainers, with athletic teams, and community and health organizations.

“The benefits of good health and exercise have become increasingly prevalent and integrated into our society,” said Diane Para, Ph.D., an assistant professor and the director of the college’s sports management program. “Fitness is no longer reserved for elite athletes. It is equally important for all members of society as a means of disease prevention and longevity.”

The program will be a complement to the sports management program, according to Para, and will utilize shared faculty members and training resources. Students in the program will utilize the resources in the new “Roos House” Athletic Center scheduled to open later this spring, including the facility’s brand new state-of-the-art fitness center.

Similar to most of SUNY Canton’s four-year programs, courses in the health and fitness promotion program will be offered in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. For more information, or to seek admission into the program for the Fall 2011 semester, contact the SUNY Canton Admissions Office at 315-386-7123 or email admissions@canton.edu.

For additional information, view the curriculum Health & Fitness Promotion webpage.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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