Students, faculty participate in program

Students, faculty participate in program

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 12:02 am

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Sixteen Bethel University Department of Nursing students and two faculty members recently participated in “Walk across Tennessee” which was a joint partnership between the University of TN Extension Service and Benton County Coordinated School Health.       

The event was an eight-week program of fitness that was organized to spark friendly competition while creating enthusiasm for overall wellness. Teams of 4-8 competed to see who could log the most miles, whether walking, jogging, or biking in their communities along with the resulting loss of weight or inches. Tammy Carter, assistant professor of nursing at Bethel, served as team captain for the four Bethel teams which collectively logged a total of 971 miles and a loss of 22 pounds and 20 inches.  

 Not only did these teams walk across TN–and back again– but they were winners in several events. The team “RN’s on the Move-Runners” consisting of junior nursing students Nelphat Bor of Nairobi, Matt Ramsey of McKenzie, Rachel Pruiett of McKenzie, Andrew Rank of Bells, and Jordan Smith of Trenton ran 673 miles winning first place in the runners’ competition. They were lead by Nelphat Bor who had 527 individual miles. Comparatively, it is 450 miles along Interstate 40 from Memphis to Knoxville, so Bor ran across Tennessee by himself!   

In the Walkers’ category, Carter’s Crew, made up of Tammy Carter and friends, received second place. The “BUSN” Team, composed of senior students Nicki Price of Soddy Daisy, Heather Jackson of McKenzie, Elizabeth Anderson of Martin and Bethel Nursing Director Mary Bess Griffith placed third. Fourth place went to junior students “RN’s on the Move-Walkers” Michelle Frizzell of Springville, Mary Conner of Paris, Brandi Stanfill of Medina, Lindsey Calhoun of Huntingdon, Bobbi Swisher of Huntingdon, Erin Melton of Gleason, Johanna Salma of Huntingdon, and Rhonda Lowe of Paris.    

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