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Published August 29, 2010, 08:51 PM

The Wellness Center at UND Has Had A Busy Week

The Wellness Center has some new equipment and made even more room to accommodate people. Workers say the variety of programs keep people coming back.

Students survived their first week of school at the University of North Dakota and the Wellness Center survived a very busy week.

The Wellness Center has some new equipment and made even more room to accommodate people. Workers say the variety of programs keep people coming back.

It's another busy school year...and UND's Wellness Center is booming with students ready to work out and stay in shape.

"I really love free weights." personal trainer Adam Landstrom said.

"There's so much stuff to work out on. I personally love the fitness floor." UND Senior Jonathan Blumhorst said.

"I love coming here and using the eliptical or cross trainer." fitness instructor Tricia Vanselow said.

Coordinators say the first week of class is one of the busiest times and they have adjusted their weight floor and cardio deck to accommodate more people.

"We had the first welcome weekend and we just had tons of students. We had over 2-thousand come just in the first Nightlife, never seen so many people in this building before." Work Well Coordinator Kim Ruliffson said.

The Center started a family night this year full of events open to the public and students say the wellness has a couple of approaches to staying fit.

"Being a college student myself I personally have learned to cook being up here, I come to the Culinary Corner classes and they teach you how to eat healthy." Blumhorst said.

Trainers say the variety of equipment is a big hit with members. And this year staying in shape just got greener.

"We've added two new eco-treadmills that don't use any power. They're self-powered by the person running on the treadmill which is providing a unique experience for our members." Landstrom said.

Students say with the variety of classes, new equipment and space they are glad they don't have to leave campus to have access to a well-rounded fitness facility.

"The facility for sure. It's big, it has a lot to offer and it's state-of-the-art." Vanselow said.

"There's always something to do and a little bit of everything for everyone is what I really like about it." Blumhorst said.

Family Nights at the Wellness Center are the third Friday of every month through December.

Organizers say it's a great way for people from the community to be able to use the facility. For more information contact Andrew Miller at andrewmiller@mail.und.edu

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