The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


November 20, 2006

Men's Fitness: ELCA schools among "fittest"

ELCA schools Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., and Roanoke College, Salem, Va., were named some of the “fittest” colleges in America by Men’s Fitness magazine, with Gustavus ranking 6th, and Roanoke 19th.

In the November issue, the magazine compiled what it called the “dean’s list of the 25 fittest” colleges. The magazine consulted with The Princeton Review on the survey, which asked 12,500 students across the country about their diet and exercise habits and the availability of campus food options, fitness facilities and resources.

The recognition didn’t surprise Kerry Peterson, a senior at Roanoke. “We have such flexible gym hours and amazing food selections in the cafeteria,” she says. “Having the school surround us with all these benefits, it’s hard not to adapt to healthy habits.”

Scott Allison, athletic director and 1979 Roanoke graduate, credits the college’s Belk fitness center, which he says is the most-used facility on campus, and the dining services, which provide healthy options. “Basically, we’re promoting a healthy lifestyle,” Allison says. “When students graduate, they realize the importance of having a healthy life.”

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