Departments promote hearing tests and fitness

The School of Applied Sciences finished the academic year by promoting healthy living through campus outreach initiatives including free hearing tests and a walk with the chancellor.

Approximately 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, which is one reason the Speech and Hearing Clinic on campus offered free hearing tests for the faculty, staff and their family members. The center, which is part of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, provided the free testing during the month of May, which is Better Hearing and Speech Month.

University students and Oxford residents also celebrated May by getting active with former Chancellor Robert Khayat through participation in a morning walk.

The School of Applied Sciences and UM HealthWorks sponsored “Walk with the Chancellor” to raise awareness of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in 1983 to encourage physical activity.

Allison Ford-Wade, associate professor of health promotion, said the event was intended to encourage participants to exercise while enjoying the campus scenery.

“We have one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, and we hope more people will begin to view its beauty while walking,” she said.

Kathleen Smith, senior exercise science major and HealthWorks intern, hopes individuals will recognize the important health benefits of exercise.

“We want people to realize that just 30 minutes of walking can make a huge impact on physical health,” Smith said. “Small steps in exercise fitness can increase cardiovascular health and decrease diseases associated with physical inactivity and obesity.”