Story by Madison Smith ’21
'Beginning a personal fitness journey can feel intimidating, especially if you aren’t sure where to begin. Fortunately, a new program from the Kinesiology department and Fitness Center makes it easy — students are achieving their personal wellness goals with help from the College’s physical education and exercise majors.
Kinesiology majors involved in the JasperFit Mentors program work with mentees to create individualized fitness plans based on their interests. The pairs meet a minimum of 1-2 times per week to work out together either remotely or in person. After launching during the spring semester, a total of 15 pairs had been matched.
The JasperFit Mentors program is beneficial from student life and academic standpoints. The Fitness Center, led by director Jay Ahmed, already offers many wellness classes and training opportunities. The program gives more College students the support and motivation they need to meet their wellness goals.
Academically, Kinesiology professor Jeff Cherubini, Ph.D., notes that students in those majors are gaining valuable career experience.
“The department of Kinesiology is always exploring new opportunities for our students to develop professionally while simultaneously providing a service to our community on and off campus,” he says.
Jessica DiMatteo ’23, an exercise science major aspiring to one day work as a physical therapist, has developed a close relationship with her mentee. DiMatteo, a JasperFit Mentor and a member of the women’s soccer team, wanted to help inspire other students who don’t know much about personal fitness.
“I was once lost with my workouts, and at the time, I wished that I had someone to motivate and teach me,” she shares. “Benefits of the program are developing friendships, getting healthier, and learning new ways to become fitter.”
For more information on the JasperFit Mentors and how to join for the fall 2021 semester, complete this interest form.