Insider: March Madness for Financial Fitness

Hey everyone! Good news. Faculty and staff are in the Get Moving UMass groove. Departments around campus are exercising and eating healthily as a team!

I had the pleasure of talking with Christina Williams who is part of the financial aid department here at UMass. Christina is part of  a committee called C.A.K.E whose responsibility is to come up with something fun for the whole office to participate in once a month.

So guess what they decided to do for the month of March!?


March Madness was a challenge aimed to get the whole financial aid office to get moving. The office was split into 4, random teams and given a team name: Team Dawley, Team Whipple, Team Stefanoni or Team Kellogg. Sound familiar?? Channel 3 graciously donated pedometers for everyone to help keep track of their steps. Participants gained points based on how many steps they walked each week. Whoever had the most steps at the end of the challenge got the secret, special, prize. The prize ended up being a whole week of free spin classes at The Town Bike in Northampton!

Teams were also assigned one day to bring in a healthy snack for the whole office. People brought in all sorts of delicious items including fruit salad, smoothies, carrot and celery sticks with peanut butter, hummus, grapes, strawberry salad, whole grain bread and more!

Challenges like this are a great way to get people involved in  fun, healthy, team building activities! Which department will get moving next?


De-stress with 15-minute workouts

Take an ACTIVE study break during this stressful time of the year. Being active will not only help you de-stress, but will boost energy,help you sleep better, release tension, and help fight colds and flu.

Try one of Get Moving UMass workout featured on UMass Campus Recreation’s YouTube, or come to a Finals Week Workout in the DC nearest you. There will be two sessions nightly (9 and 9:30 p.m.) at both Berkshire and Worcester Dining Commons orchestrated by your favorite UMass Campus Rec Group Fitness Instructors.

No meal plan? No problem. The workouts are in the Berkshire Room (enter through the tray return in Berk) and Oak Room (enter through the Oak Room’s entrance in Worcester). If you do wish to grab something to eat after the workouts, exit the way you came in, and swipe your card. But remember, while you are there, enter to win a free personal training session!

Step away from your desk and put on a YouTube video or run down to the DC for a quick jolt of energy during finals week. Being active will help you get through it all.

Get moving, UMass!

Upcoming Fall 5Ks

There a number of 5Ks throughout the Pioneer Valley this Fall. GMU will continue to update this list as we become aware of each one (which means, if you know of a race, post it in the comments!). Get outside, support great causes and enjoy the foliage!


The 3rd Annual 5K for Farmland:


Sunday, Oct 23, 2011


10:00 AM

Registration and number pickup 8:00AM – 9:45AM


West Street Common, Hadley, MA; Flat, fast course through the scenic and historic farmlands of the Great Meadow. 2 mile walk runs along the banks of the Connecticut River, then cuts over through the Great Meadow. Gorgeous! View the Course Map


5K Road Race or…

2 Mile Walk, both followed by a post-race party on the Common with Farmers Market Festival, locally grown food and live music from Banish Misfortune! Special visit from the WOW! Watershed on Wheels exhibit being brought by the US Fish and Wildlife Service!


To raise money to conserve local farmland and forests

Cost for students

$15… and the first 300 registrants receive a free tote bag with gifts inside (local jam, restaurant coupons, etc.)

Link to registration




UMass Homecoming 5K U-Run / U-Walk


Saturday, November 5


9:00 AM

Registration 8 – 9:00 AM


Race will begin at the northeast corner of McGuirk Alumni Stadium on University Drive.


5K walk or run; awards are given to the top runners.


The race is co-sponsored by Campus Recreation, the Center for Student Development, the UMass Amherst Alumni Association and the Student Philanthropy Committee.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Campus Recreation Student Development Fund and the UMass Amherst general scholarship fund.

Cost for students

Pre-registration – 5-college students and 15 yrs. and under = $10
Pre-registration – alumni, faculty/staff and friends = $15
Day of – 5-college students and 15 yrs. and under = $13
Day of – alumni, faculty/staff and friends  = $20

*The first 100 registered participants will receive an event t-shirt.

Link to registration