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UNT joins Million Mile Month fitness challenge

Rec CenterUNT is a close-knit community and when we come together great things happen. This April, students, faculty and staff can team up with UNT Human Resources and the Division of Student Affairs — Wellness Departments to participate in Million Mile Month.

As part of the national challenge, UNT will compete against government agencies, organizations and other groups from across the nation April 1-30 to complete the most miles of physical activity in April. The month-long goal is to help the entire MMM community reach one million miles of physical activity and raise awareness in communities and the workplace about living a healthy lifestyle. Learn about prizes awarded for achieving MILEstones and track UNT's miles on the website's leaderboards.

This challenge is a great opportunity to make health and wellness center stage at UNT for the month of April and to show our competitive spirit. To participate in this FREE fitness challenge, register by March 31:

- Create your profile at
- Choose the FREE “BRONZE” Registration Level. No donation is required.
- Create a login and password and click "submit order" at checkout.
- On the "Edit Your Profile" page:
    *Enter your personal information.
    *Under the Million Mile Month section choose University of North Texas at Denton from the “Select Your Organization” drop-down list.
    *Choose faculty, staff or students for your University of North Texas Denton classified Group/Team from the “Select Group/Team” drop-down list.
- Save your profile, and review your “Welcome to Million Mile Month” email.

Every minute or mile of physical activity counts so remember to use your Million Mile Month profile's logging tool to track your miles or minutes of physical activity. Let’s show everyone how many miles UNT can log together! 

For additional information or if you have questions about the Million Mile Month challenge at UNT, contact the UNT Human Resources Benefits Coordinator at or 940-565-4434 or UNT Recreational Sports at 940-565-2275.

Campus and community activities for the month of April include:

Community events

19th Annual Fort Worth ZOO Run
6:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, Fort Worth Zoo
Run, walk, waddle or gallop through the Fort Worth Zoo’s 19th annual Zoo Run. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., 1K Fun Run at 7:30 a.m., 5K Run at 8 a.m. Learn more at

Dallas/Fort Worth Walk to End Lupus Now 5K 2016
7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie
Join more than 4,000 walkers for the Ninth Annual Walk to End Lupus Now™ and help us take steps to raise money for lupus education programs and research while raising awareness of lupus and rallying public support for those who suffer from it. Every step you take and every dollar you raise supports the Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter and its efforts to solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Learn more at

The Salvation Army Doing The Most Good 5K run
8 a.m. Saturday, April 2 in Dallas
The Most Good 5K race will start and finish at Klyde Warren Park in the heart of downtown Dallas, where there will be a mix of pre- and post-race food, music and entertainment! The run will benefit the Salvation Army. All registrants will receive an event t-shirt and entry into the post-race celebration at Klyde Warrant Park! Learn more at

Denton County Dash 5K run
9 a.m., Saturday, April 9, Lewisville
The Denton County Dash is a free community event to bring awareness to the impact of cardiovascular disease in Denton County. This event provides an opportunity to get out and move! Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of Denton County residents and many of the risk factors are preventable. In Denton County, approximately 63.9 percent of residents are obese and 4.6 percent of adults are at risk of cardiovascular disease. The disease can be prevented or controlled with regular physical activities and balanced eating. Learn more at

Calvary Challenge 5K & 1 Mile run
7 p.m., Friday, April 15, South Lakes Park, Denton
The Calvary Challenge — Run the Race 5k and 1-mile fun run is entering its fifth year as a community event. The run's goal is to raise funds to benefit students of University Model School and to help the school plan for the future. As a non-profit, University Model School does not receive state or government funding and solely relies on fundraising to make capital improvements and expansions. Learn more at

Wellington 13th Annual Family Fun Run & 1-Mile Walk
8 a.m., Saturday, April 15, Flower Mound
Wellington's 13th Annual Family Fun Run & Walk, a community-wide event hosted by Wellington Athletic Club in Flower Mound. The race will include a USATF certified 5K road race (Cert. #TX08022ETM), 1-mile family fun run/walk, raffle drawings and refreshments. The event is open to everyone, and participants are welcome to run or walk with their (leashed) pets! All proceeds from race entry fees, donations and t-shirt sales will be given to Humane Tomorrow, formerly the Humane Society of Flower Mound. Learn more at

For more information all the races across Dallas, Tarrant and Denton County, please visit

Outdoor Pursuits
Weekend Backpacking
April 2-3, Across Timbers Trails in Lake Texoma, Texas
Enjoy the scenic views of Lake Texoma while learning what backpacking has to offer. This trip is a perfect weekend getaway and only a short hour and a half from the Metroplex! Join us Sunday, April 2-3. The cost is $40 and registration is open from March 14 to March 28. Learn more at

April 30, Elm Fork, Trinity River, Texas
Ever wanted to canoe? Spend a day with us while we teach the basics of paddling on the beautiful Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Join us Saturday, April 30. The cost is $12 and registration is open from April 11 to April 25. Learn more at

Campus events
UNT Recreational Sports Center is offerings the following resources, competitions and classes for faculty, staff and students:

Walking is an excellent, low impact form of moderate intensity physical activity that can be performed by most people anywhere, at nearly any time. By walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, five days a week you can easily achieve the minimum recommended amount of aerobic activity for adults. Print a campus walking map.

Swimming Lessons for Adults
6:30-7:20 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, March 29 to April 21
Increase your comfort level in the water and learn the basics of swimming with an experienced swim instructor. Also, you may build on the basic skills and continue stroke development, enhance water comfort and increase your aquatic endurance in this safe, fun environment. Learn more at Register by March 25.

Session II: Boot Camp
6:30-7:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, April 4-29
During the Session II of our Boot Camp we will take our workout “around campus” to challenge our bodies in new and creative ways! You must register by April 3.  Learn more at

UNT Faculty/ Staff Fitness Program
As a member of the program, a full-time staff member is eligible for 20 minutes of administrative leave (policy I.4.16) for each day of participation as approved by their supervisor.  Participants must be a member of the Rec Center and register for the program at the center's Member Services Desk. Learn more at

Free Blood Pressure & Body Fat Test
High blood pressure can lead to numerous other life threatening conditions, including heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. Body fat percentage is a leading indicator of fitness level and disease risk. Let us come visit your department and we will provide free blood pressure checks and/or body fat tests! Contact the Rec Center to schedule your department at 940-565-2275.

Burn & Earn
With every visit to the Rec Center, you will receive one punch on your Burn and Earn card. Redeem your punch pass for prizes in our main office once you collect 40 punches! Prizes vary; pick up your punch card at the Member Services Desk or our main office. The program is free and held all semester. Learn more information at

Group Exercise
Are you looking for a fun and friendly environment to motivate and challenge you for the upcoming Million Mile Month event? Stop by the Rec Center's Member Service Desk to buy your Group Exercise pass! Spring 2016 group exercise passes are valid January 17 to May 13. Learn more at

Fitness Rec Fest
6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the Rec Sports Center
We are on a mission to find the Rec Sports' best competitors! Think you have what it takes? Bring it on! Put yourself to the test. Come by and participate in the Rec Sports' free version of a track and field meet! Prizes awarded to the top male and female winners. No pre-registration required. Learn more at

For more information about all Rec Center programs, call 940-565-2275 or 940-369-8347 or visit

Posted on: Mon 07 March 2016

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