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Out of Shape? Get Fit, Have Fun during Free GCU Wellness Project

GCU Graduate Student to Explore the Benefits of Group Fitness

Lakewood, N.J., Dec. 17, 2009—If your New Year’s resolutions involve getting some exercise, Georgian Court University can help you keep your promise.

The university is hosting group fitness classes for eligible participants as part of a research study designed by holistic health graduate student Barbara Mascialino. The exercise program is an excellent opportunity for those who have not exercised much before, but always wanted to start, she says.

Barbara, a certified fitness trainer, group fitness instructor and former tax analyst-turned-student, will measure participants’ body fat composition and other physical aspects as part of her study, which has been approved by the GCU Institutional Research Review Board.

“The exercise intensity will be moderate in that you feel that you are working, but not too intensely,” says Sachiko Komagata, Ph.D., director of GCU’s holistic health program. All eligible participants will be randomly assigned to two groups, and the findings will be presented at the GCU Holistic Health Conference in May 2010.

The four-week group fitness course, slated to begin in February, is open to participants who are between the ages of 18 and 60, have not been exercising regularly, and want to engage in group fitness. Potential participants should contact Barbara Mascialino by e-mail at bm90996@georgian.edu or call 732.763.9960 for information.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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