Purdue Today

November 7, 2007

New Ismail Center program offers Web-based fitness plan

Exercise suited to an individual's health, schedule and location is the focus of a new pilot program of Purdue's Ismail Center.

The program, called Motivation, uses Web-based coaching that builds on a personal fitness assessment.

Both portions are provided by the staff of the A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise and Nutrition, which is a unit of the Department of Health and Kinesiology.

The Ismail Center, located on the ground floor of Lambert Fieldhouse, has offered adult fitness assessments and programs for many years.

The new Motivation program begins with a a health-related fitness assessment including a lipid profile and five fitness parameters:

* Muscular strength.
* Muscular endurance.
* Flexibility.
* Body composition.
* Cardiorespiratory endurance.

The lipid profile measures total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL and blood glucose.

The participant receives an assessment report and an exercise prescription, plus a meeting to review those things.

Then the participant is enrolled in the Web-based coaching program, which allows flexibility of schedule and location. The Motivation program allows submission of questions and information to which Ismail staff provide expert feedback on an ongoing basis.

For the pilot phase, introductory pricing is $45 for the assessment including lipid profile and $15 per semester for the e-coaching. Thus the first semester is $60. Reassessments are recommended annually.

Memberships in Motivation are just one of the Ismail Center's services. For more information about the center and its programs, call 49-61015.