Tyler Junior College

TJC employees take 40-for-40 fitness challenge

Published Thursday, 7th January 2010

TJC employees take 40-for-40 fitness challenge

In his remarks during opening convocation Wednesday morning, Tyler Junior College President Dr. Mike Metke issued a challenge to TJC faculty and staff: Commit to 40 minutes of physical activity a day, five days a week, for 40 days.

"40 for 40" is part of Metke’s Going Strong, Getting Stronger initiative leading up to TJC’s 85th anniversary in 2011.

"The goal of ‘40 for 40’ is to get people moving," Metke said. "We want our employees to be the strongest they can be, physically and mentally."

A longtime fitness advocate, Metke routinely bicycles, hikes and mountain-climbs.

TJC employees were asked to complete a confidential self-assessment that includes personal goals, place the document in a sealed envelope and turn it in to the president’s office. At the end of the 40 days, the envelope will be returned – unopened – to the employee so they can gauge their success.

"This is done voluntarily and completely on the honor system, and no one but the employee will ever see the self-assessment sheet," Metke said.

"By signing a contract with themselves and committing to this 40-day plan, the idea is for employees to feel better, have more energy and hopefully adopt a healthier lifestyle."

The fitness challenge officially kicks off at noon Monday with employees completing simultaneous walks on the college’s main and west campuses.

Elise Mullinix


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