For release: August 20, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843
Starting Monday, University of Memphis students, faculty and staff can take a break
in their day and get away from the office and classroom to join in a physical activity
dubbed Midday Moves with Memphis Healthy U.
Each weekday at 12:30 p.m., there will be 15 to 20 minutes of planned physical activity
held on the Alumni Mall east of the University Center. Activities will range from
yoga to line dancing to Frisbee tosses, and will be coordinated by the Memphis Healthy
U committee. All activities are free and open to the public as well as the entire
“We encourage everyone to spend at least a few minutes each day in physical activity,”
said Interim President Brad Martin. “We thought it would be beneficial to set aside
a particular time of the day that we can all come together and participate in fun,
The Memphis Healthy U initiative was established to encourage U of M students, employees
and visitors to eat healthier, move more and to be tobacco free. Due in large part
to this initiative, which is in its third year, the U of M was honored by the Memphis Business Journal as a 2013 finalist as one of the Mid-South’s Healthiest Employers.
“Being recognized as one of the Mid-South’s Healthiest Employers attracts potential
employees to the University of Memphis through demonstrating our commitment to health
and wellness in the workplace,” said Robynn Hopkins, Human Resources associate and
Memphis Healthy U committee member.
The first activity offered for Midday Moves will be yoga on Monday, Aug. 26, which
is also the first day of classes for U of M students. In addition, a zip line will
be set up on campus Tuesday; Tigers Feel Grrreat! is scheduled for Wednesday; Kan
Jam (Frisbee toss) is set for Thursday; and Friday’s featured activity is a football
All Midday Moves events can be found online at memphis.edu/memphishealthyu