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New MavWell program, "The Biggest Loser" contestant aim to inspire UT Arlington students to live well

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis, Office:817-272-3317, Cell:214-577-9094, blewis@uta.edu

News Topics: health and fitness, lectures, student life

The University of Texas at Arlington has launched a new program called MavWell, which is aimed at helping students achieve wellness through education, events and access to campus facilities, programs and information.

Livewell Mavwell

MavWell replaces the Wellness Zone, a program previously offered through Trinity House Residence Hall, which assisted students with making healthy decisions both physically and socially.

“This isn’t just a matter of looking good and wearing a certain skirt or pants size,” said Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs. “We’re trying to better serve our students’ health needs because we understand that a healthy body and mind leads to more holistic college experience. It also prepares students for their future careers and life.”

The MavWell initiative will include special programs and events based on a model of seven dimensions of wellness, including emotional, physical, financial, social, environmental, mental, and spiritual.

Tracey Yukich, former contestant on NBC's "The Biggest Loser"

Tracey Yukich, former contestant on NBC's "The Biggest Loser"

A signature event this spring includes a visit by NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” contestant Tracey Yukich. She will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

Yukich had one of the most amazing transformations on the show, going from 250 pounds to 132 pounds before being voted out during season 8 of the program in 2009.

She will share her story of hope, recovery, and motivation to help encourage long-term, healthy behaviors. Her experiences, challenges and success will motivate students to begin thinking about a lifelong pursuit of health and wellness.

Student Affairs is coordinating MavWell events through Campus Recreation and Apartment and Residence Life.

“Our primary purpose is to provide wellness programs, resources, and tools to encourage and enable students to take charge of their own health and wellness,” said Allyson Fulton, associate director of Campus Recreation. There is also a LiveWell MavWell 12-week challenge under way that has, so far, attracted 150 students.

In signing up for the challenge, students agree to work out and attend events on campus to get points that will qualify them for prizes ranging from water bottles and t-shirts, to heart rate monitor watches and iPads.

To enter the challenge or to learn more about MavWell, visit www.uta.edu/mavwell 

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,800 students and more than 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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