Written by: Sierra Ureta
This semester, Southern will hold its annual Duck Walk on March 1 and 2 at the outdoor track, where there will be Amazon gift card giveaways.
Those who participate in the event, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, will earn cultural credit and a chance to win a prize.
Wellness Institute Director Leslie Evenson encourages students to participate in the activities.
“Take a break from studying, go grab a friend and walk,” Evenson said. “Getting some fresh air to clear your head is beautiful.”
According to Evenson, the Duck Walk started with the implementation of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for Southern in 2013 to provide a physical assessment event for the whole campus every semester.
“The event itself is still a chance for us to gather data and to encourage physical activity among the student body and in the P.E. classes,” Evenson said.
According to Evenson, the Duck Walk is meant to encourage students to simply start being active. She said the Duck Walk is a yearly event to remind people of the progress they have made or how they can improve their fitness.
“Low intensity exercise where your heart rate is often between 100 to 130 seems to be a sweet spot for training the metabolic system,” Evenson said. “We’re seeing more and more metabolic diseases [and] obesity in our society, right? We just need to be more active and it doesn’t have to hurt. …Just getting out and walking will be so beneficial.”