Healthy College Initiative

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You’ve been spotted – Showing Healthy Habits 

Columbia State’s Healthy Employees of the month have been Spotted!

group of 5 employees
Meet the Group. 

Columbia State’s Spot Light for our Healthy Employee is not one but FIVE that exercise together almost every day of the work week. Meet Carl Jones, Jonathan Arnold, Clarice Rochelle, Dana Roe and Doris Brewer.

Carl, the only one in the group not in Business Services, has been with Columbia State for 4 ½ years in our Marketing and Public Relations Department. His reasons for exercising are to be heart healthy and maintain/lose weight. Carl says regular exercise has made him feel better and allows him to do daily tasks without getting out of breath. Carl’s advice is to start slow and do something fun.

Jonathan (Jon) has been with Columbia State for 10 years. Jonathan likes to exercise to get a break from his desk and stay healthy. He feels better daily. Jonathan’s advice is to set your mind to do it and don’t give up. Small steps still move you forward.

Clarice has been with Columbia State for 3 ½ years. Her main goal is to stay off medication. Regular exercise allows her to do this and feel better every day. Clarice’s advice is to start slow and challenge yourself.

Dana has been with Columbia State for 3 years. Her reasons for exercising is to have more energy and feel better. Dana’s advice is even though it may be difficult at first, don’t give up because it is worth it.

Doris has been with Columbia State for 26 ½ years. Her goals are to feel better and lose weight. Time is her obstacle. Doris’s advice is not overdo it and set achievable goals to work toward.

The group does cardio and weight workouts, and incorporate eating right into their routine as well. The Group may not do everything together but keep each other going with encouragement, laughs and a bit of competition. If you would like to join them, come by the Wellness Center around lunch time ready to sweat, laugh, and feel better.

Register for the American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Workplace Recognition Program 

As part of this, we will get to use their online Activity Tracker.  With the free, online Activity Tracker, you can:

  • Track your daily physical activity.
  • Track your daily diet intake.
  • Use their Google Map-based Walking Paths to find or create walking routes in your neighborhood, around work, and even around your hotel when traveling on business.
  • Follow a personalized Walking Plan.
  • Get nutrition and physical activity tips to help you achieve your goals.

How to register for the American Heart Association’s Activity Tracker:  

  1. Go to  Activity Tracker  (
  2. Click on the orange “Register” button. Fill out the registration form. Click on the orange Search for company link and type in Columbia State Community College and select your company name. Make sure they click the “Share My Info with My Employer” opt-in box. Click “Submit.” Employees will instantly receive a confirmation email from with their username and password.
  3. Track your physical activity by logging in with their username and password at Click the green “Tracker” tab, then the blue “Activity Diary” tab.

Lets hit the path toward better health together!

A Healthier Dessert

Apple Crisp


  • 6 cups sliced apples, preferably half Granny Smith half McIntosh
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1/3 cup to ½ cup sugar, preferably half white, half packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3-4 tablespoons of margarine or butter, cold from the refrigerator
  • Optional:  ¾ cup chopped almonds or pecans; ¼ teaspoon nutmeg 


  1. Core, slice, and place the apples in an 8X8 inch baking pan. Coat with ¼ cup sugar.
  2. Heat oven 375 degrees
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon (nutmeg if adding it). Add the margarine or butter, pinching it into the flour with your fingers until it looks like crumbly wet sand. Add nuts as desired
  4. Distribute the topping evenly over the apples.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes. If you want crisper topping, turn the oven up to 400 degrees for the last 5 minutes.

Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition Information:
260 calories per serving; 50 g carbohydrate; 1 g protein; 6 g fat


Both of our health insurance providers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) and CIGNA, offer discounts at various fitness locations. Register at for CIGNA Healthy Rewards BCBST offers a program called FitnessBlue: In reviewing the Prime Fitness locations for FitnessBlue, the Wellness & Aquatics Complex in Columbia is listed, as well as, many others.

Call BCBST at 1.855.515.1332 or CIGNA at 1.800.870.3470 if you have ANY questions about these programs.

"Eat your fruits and vegetables."

You've likely heard this statement since childhood. Research shows why it is good advice:

  • Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
  • Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.
  • Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling.

Along with many other observances in the month of September, this is Fruit and Veggies Month

Check out this link to some great information:  Fruits & Veggies Matter

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