Special Report: Exercise and Healthy Living


The renovated Campus Recreation Center, which opens Wednesday, features state-of-the-art equipment.


TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 16, 2011) – With the University of South Florida’s continuing focus on healthy lifestyles, the opening of the new Campus Recreation Center provides an atmosphere to make exercise fun and fulfilling.


The center opens Wednesday, with a Grand Opening Party scheduled for Aug. 22 and the official ribbon-cutting ceremony being held Sept. 1. USF faculty and staff are invited to use the facility for free from Wednesday to Aug. 28.


The choices are startling.


The updated center features more than 120 pieces of cardio equipment, a 1/10 of a mile indoor running track, a cycling studio, group fitness classes, a personal training suite and more.


And there are healthy eats available, too. Champion’s Choice dining hall is set to open, featuring healthy fare.


While the center may create the latest buzz around workouts, Campus Recreation features a ton of other options for getting out and getting fit while having fun.


Riverfront Park features canoeing, kayaking and disc golf. A high ropes course and low ropes course are nearby for those who want to climb and experience a zip line.


You can explore more of what Campus Recreation has to offer by clicking on this link.


USF has also launched a new initiative dedicated to healthy living and wellness. More on this initiative will be coming soon.





USF News has featured some of these facilities, events and offerings. Check out:


Fit2Go : Dec. 20, 2011. Stay fit anywhere with exercise videos from USF's Campus Recreation on iTunes U.

Bonding on the Low Ropes Course : Nov. 8, 2011. Groups strengthen communication and problem-solving skills in the Low Ropes Course program at USF Riverfront Park.

Exercise is Just a Click Away : Oct. 31, 2011. A new online video library from Campus Rec shows how to work out muscles for maximum benefit.

Reaching New Heights: Aug. 4, 2011. The USF High Ropes Course is a 55-foot high interactive course that helps groups build teamwork skills in a fun way.

Campus Rec Center Renovation: June 24, 2011. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the USF Campus Recreation Center construction project. View the video.

Bike Share Program: Jan. 19, 2011. Campus Recreation offers a bike share program as part of a growing green initiative. Students can also bring their own bikes in for repairs.

Safe Cycling: Nov. 15, 2010. When bicycling around campus or the university area, riders need to be aware of safe cycling rules of the road.



Now Serving: Healthy Food: Aug. 31, 2011. USF Health explores some wellness and healthy tips and topics.

Bringing Wellness to Work: USF Health explores some wellness and healthy tips and topics.

Wellness Education and Promotion: USF Student Affairs offers a host of programs around wellness education. View the calendar for free wellness workshops and events.

USF Dining Just4U: USF has a variety of healthy eating options, including vegetarian and vegan meals.

Campus Walking Trails (PDF): USF Health provides PDFs of campus walking trails north of Holly Drive, as well as south of Holly Drive.

Useful Links: Check out all the links here from USF Health for information on wellness, exercise, nutrition, weight loss and other topics.