Marshall employees invited to start 2013 with Project Fit

It’s never too early to start on those New Year’s resolutions and the Marshall Recreation Center has just the one to put at the top your list.  They’re releasing a 90-day pilot program, MU Project Fit, which is an opportunity for faculty and staff to take advantage of the Recreation Center and its services at bargain rates.

The names of fifty employees will be drawn from those who apply for the pilot program and the lucky winners will be offered 50% off the membership fee during the pilot period with the other 50% of the cost subsidized by Marshall. Those who are current members and whose names are drawn have the option of suspending their membership during the pilot program. Those selected will pay just $57 total or $19 a month for the 90-day period.

Services that are available include individualized fitness programs and goal setting in consultation with skilled professionals. Check-ins to the facility will be recorded to help encourage employees to visit the facility and participate often, and the center staff encourages participants to make suggestions about group fitness classes they would like to see added.

Regular use of the center’s facilities can have real health benefits, according to Michele Muth, the Recreation Center’s assistant director for marketing and membership, including reducing the risk of stroke, the development of coronary heart disease, Type II diabetes, colon cancer, while also reducing feelings of depression and anxiety. Regular workouts can also lower stress and help build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, she says.

All Marshall employees are eligible for the MU-Fit program. To apply, visit the Rec Center’s website at