From Frugivore — Once freshmen hit college campuses, they relish in their freedom. Three square meals becomes one large bowl of Ramen noodles and a grape soda. Eventually, eating Burger King and McDonalds starts to show around one’s belly, and the dreading freshmen fifteen becomes the freshmen thirty.
One school in South Carolina is taking their student’s health seriously though by requiring them to pass fitness 101, better known as COBRAFIT.
According to InsideHigherEd.com, at Coker College, all freshmen this year will take a mandatory “fitness assessment,” in which they will – among other things – receive their body mass index (BMI) score, which measures body fat; do a one-mile run/walk; and see how many push-ups and sit-ups they can do in a few minutes.
Coker College is implementing this policy in response to South Carolina’s obesity rate. A recent report named the former capital of the Confederacy, one of the fattest states in America — over 65% of South Carolina’s population is either obese or overweight.
Coker President Robert L. Wyatt and his staff are serious about preparing their student’s for life in 21st century. Wyatt, who lost over 100 pounds since leaving college, told Inside he wants students to know “the importance of wellness but the tools and techniques that will help them to achieve this state of wellness.”
Hopefully Wyatt is careful: Americans don’t like to hear suggestions about their food, religion, or guns, unless they make the first step towards opening their minds. Coker will provide new, healthier food options for their students, which will include nutritional content for items. Hopefully, this will work because it’s a slippery slope when administrators try to change their student’s diet, even if they have the best intentions in mind.