Catalyst for Change
Physical fitness is a major part of life for Jessica Revord ’11 MA ’14. Since helping start Bradley’s Get Fit, Stay Fit program as a health science undergraduate in 2009, she has seen participation nearly double. She also organizes an annual Fit Fair health and wellness event.
“I have discovered what’s most surprising about the program is how much participation has increased and how quickly the numbers have grown,” Revord said, adding 527 participants were involved when Get Fit, Stay Fit started while the fall 2013 program included 1,026 students, faculty and staff. “The part of Get Fit, Stay Fit that brings me the most satisfaction would have to be the Fit Fair that ties into it.”
That event, which sprang from Revord’s attendance at running expos, brings together on- and off-campus groups and vendors. “To see the growth of the fair, from a small idea I had, is most rewarding. So many people have benefited and gained knowledge from it,” she noted about the free fair.
After earning her master’s in clinical mental health counseling, Revord plans to work in corporate wellness, where she can continue to counsel and teach about health and fitness. Her goal is to start a program like Get Fit, Stay Fit at that level.
A graduate assistant with the University’s wellness program, Revord credits the communication and leadership skills she acquired at Bradley for helping her start and build Get Fit, Stay Fit and the Fit Fair. “Bradley University offered me the opportunity to express my ideas and passions and gave me the tools to become the individual I am,” she said.