Stephen F. Austin State University

Get Fit Texas Challenge

From the President

"The Texas Department of State Health Services is hosting its first annual Get Fit Texas State Agency Physical Activity Challenge and is inviting all state agencies and universities to participate. The Get Fit Challenge began January 14 and ends March 24.

To compete, employees must complete the minimum recommended level of physical activity, which is at least 30 minutes per day, five days per week for at least six of the ten weeks. To support the program, full-time employees will be allowed release time of 30 minutes per day, three days per week, to pursue fitness on campus. Supervisors must approve the time(s) during work hours when employees wish to exercise. Employees will need to schedule time at the beginning or end of the work day, or extend their lunch period, to cause the least amount of disruption in their departments. A release form for employees and their supervisors to sign will be provided on the Employee Wellness Connection website, After supervisor approval is obtained, participants must register at and maintain their workout log through that website.

Employees may design and participate in fitness activities that best meet their own personal goals, including walking or jogging on campus. Employee Wellness Connection offerings may be found at, and employees who are members may workout at the Student Recreation Center."

Best of luck in the fitness challenge! -Baker Pattillo, President

Program Information

See the full program brochure and list of activities

Start the 9 Week Challenge with Campus Recreation and the EWC January 22 - March 24. There's something for everyone!

For all SFA Faculty and Staff:

• Pump You Up
(MWF • Noon-1pm • HPE Weight Room)
Weight training class designed to enhance overall strength, flexibility and postural tone
• Get Fit Walking Club
(WF • 12:15pm-12:45pm • Meet at Surfin' Steve • Begins January 23)
30 minute walking class around the campus, gardens, trails, etc…
• Noon Basketball
(MWF • Noon-1:30pm • HPE Big Gym)
Faculty & staff participating in friendly, full court basketball games!
• Noon Pool Time
(MWF • Noon-1pm • HPE Indoor Pool)
Self-led deep and shallow end pool activities including lap swimming.
• Climbing Club
(MW • Noon-1pm • HPE Climbing Gym • Begins January 23)
• Clogging
(TR • 12:15pm-1pm • HPE Gymnastics Room)
All levels welcome. Learn to clog while getting fit. Instructor led.

For Student Rec Center Members:

• Group Exercise Classes:
Morning Cycling • MTWR • 6:15am-7am
Morning Zumba • T • 6:30am-7:30am
Abs for Lunch • MTWRF • 12:15pm-12:45pm
Nooner Yoga • W • 12:15pm-12:45pm
Trim N' Tone • MW • 5:30pm-6:30pm
Cycling • MTWR • 5:15pm-6:15pm
Pilates • TR • 5:30pm-6:30pm
Get Fit Tone Express • TR • 12:15pm-12:45pm (Get Fit Tone Express begins January 24)
• Personal Training Specials
Individual Sessions: 10 sessions for $180 • 15 sessions for $270
Partner Sessions (cost per person): 10 sessions for $90 • 15 Sessions for $135
Group Sessions (cost per person): 10 sessions for $60 • 15 sessions for $90

Want to try a membership at the Student Rec Center?
Get the 9 week membership pass to the Rec for only $60! New members will receive free towel service for the 9 week challenge. Receive a free fitness assessment and nutrition counseling! (Fitness assessment and nutrition counseling are also available to current Rec members for the 9 week challenge.) Memberships may be purchase in the Administration Office located inside the Student Recreation Center. For more information on Rec memberships, please contact Scott Wagner at 936-468-1856.

How to Enroll (Required)

• Download a copy of the Wellness Program Release Time form at
• Discuss your plans with your supervisor, who will determine whether or not to approve your proposed plan
• Employee and supervisor sign form and send to EWC P.O. Box 6195
• Each participating employee must register online at
• Track daily activity online

Contact Information

• Juanita Finkenberg
Get Fit Texas Challenge Campus Coordinator

• Ken Morton
Director, Campus Recreation