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March 4, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Encouraging Faculty, Staff Participation in Texas Round-Up

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The University of Texas at Tyler is participating in Gov. Rick Perry’s 2008 Texas Round-Up and Fitness Initiative, UT Tyler President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

The Texas Round-Up is a statewide effort to encourage Texans of all fitness levels to incorporate healthy choices and daily physical activities in their lives. The program asks participants to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for six weeks.

UT Tyler’s efforts kicked off March 1 and will continue through April 30.

The university is competing with other state agencies for the Governor’s Cup, which is awarded to the ‘fittest agency in Texas.’ Competition is based on percentage of full-time employee participation.

 “Recognizing the benefits, our UT Tyler Leadership Team is prepared to make a real investment in this program by providing many incentives for all staff and faculty to participate,” President Mabry said.

University incentives include time to participate in on-campus fitness activities, free access to the Herrington Patriot Center during the month of March, prizes and special wellness education programs.

Bob Hepler, director of recreational activities and cross country/track and field coach, Wes Davis, recreational program assistant, and Kristee Phelps, women's volleyball coach, serve as co-coordinators for the 2008 Texas Round-Up.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.uttyler.edu/hpc/TexasRoundUp.html or contact Hepler, 903.565.5571, Davis, 903.565.5602 or Phelps, 903.565.5603.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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