March 7, 2005
For Immediate Release
To: News Directors and News Editors
From: Veronika Avery, Assistant Director of Media Relations,
ULM Kinesiology Department Placed
in Top Five of Lighten Up Louisiana Competition
The University of Louisiana at Monroe Kinesiology Department
stands still for no one, as is apparent after their Use It and
Lose It team placed in the top five for accumulated activity
in the statewide, five month long Lighten Up Louisiana competition.
Lighten Up Louisiana received its inspiration from a similar
event in Iowa designed to increase physical fitness through a
widespread competition involving physical activity and healthy
eating habits. Lighten Up Louisiana originally targeted elementary
school children for the activity but broadened its scope to include
adults in the 2004 competition, which ended on January 31, 2005.
The contest recognized two separate categories: weight loss due
to a healthy diet with physical exercise and accumulated activity
in the form of miles.
And considering they are all about studying the anatomy, physiology
and mechanics of body movement, one could hardly be surprised
that the Kinesiology Department team did well acquiring that
7, 106 mile collection.
The ULM Use It and Lose It team, comprised of faculty team members
Dr. Mark Doherty, Dean Luke Thomas, Dr. Wilson Campbell, Mrs.
Tommie Church, Dr. Chris Washam, Dr. Kendall Honea, Dr. Lisa
Colvin and three Kinesiology graduate assistants Eric Lewis,
Alex Kain and Ashley Roberts, began tracking their miles based
on a variety of activities-everything from walking to swimming
to vacuuming-on August 30, 2004.
"Our team had as its initial goal to be one of the teams
that would 'make it' to the governor's mansion," Dr. Lisa
Colvin, Professor of Kinesiology, said. "After seeing how
many teams were enrolled in the program, we knew that the goal
was going to be difficult to achieve, but we would try our best.
For the majority of the competition, we stayed in the top ten
but during the Christmas holidays is when we ascended in the
rankings to our final finishing spot."
On February 16, 2005, the ULM Use It and Lose It team ventured
to the Governor's Mansion for a special recognition party and
reception after placing fourth in the accumulated activity category.
"The competition was really between the team members,"
Colvin said. "We pushed one another for five months and
had an absolute ball participating. We will be the state champions
More information on the Lighten Up Louisiana program may be found
Call Dr. Colvin at 342-1324 for more information on ULM's results.
By Sara Palazzo