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Davenport Campus is up to the ‘Health Challenge’

More than three dozen Davenport Campus employees matched their physical and mental skills during Play Day, in which teams of six or less competed against each other in anything from tug-of-war to volleyball. The challenge officially ended with a celebration in the Student Union on Oct. 22.
play day participants on gym floor looking up at camera

More than 150 staff and faculty members on Palmer’s Davenport Campus took the challenge. Dr. Kern’s Health Challenge was the brainchild of Roger Hynes, D.C., Davenport ’98, Technique/ History, who wanted to start a health program on campus for employees. President Donald Kern, D.C., was all for it—and his likeness was emblazoned on the back of the participants’ T-shirts.

Dr. Kern’s Health Challenge is the College’s latest health and wellness initiative, where teams of six logged fitness points each week with the goals of becoming more fit, losing weight and winning prizes. During lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays it was a common sight to see Palmer walkers making their way to Vander Veer Park and back—while wearing their bright green Health Challenge shirts.

Lectures were another part of the program. Faculty members (including Dan Weinert, D.C.; Lisa Killinger, D.C.; and Lia Nightingale, Ph.D.) presented talks on nutrition, burning fat and exercise.

On Sept. 14, participants were invited to take part in a Palmer Play Day. Three events ran simultaneously, including: a tug of war, tricycle relay race and (big, pink, “fluffy”) volleyball. Nearly twothirds of the Health Challenge participants played in the Alumni Auditorium that day, including Dr. Kern himself.

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