Tiger Trails: Students Clear the Path to Active, Healthy Living

Published: April 01, 2013

campus pathFor months, two dozen students from the Departments of Health, Physical Education and Dance, and Engineering Technology have conducted research for the introduction of Tiger Trails, an effort to get more people exercising. Tiger Trails is a main component of the Get Active, Be Healthy learning community at Queensborough.

With the use of equipment called measuring wheels, students are determining the circumference of the campus, walking distances between buildings, and indoor and outdoor miles.

Under the guidance of Professor Edward Davis, students in the Department of Engineering Technology are collecting raw data and surveying the elevation of hills.

"We are creating a map to show Tigers the location and routing of the Tiger Trails paths within and around the campus," said Professor Davis.

Additionally, students will measure caloric expenditure for the above activities with the use of Fitbits®, a small wireless activity-tracking device that can be worn in a pocket or on the waist.  

“Most people have a general idea of how many calories are in the foods they eat, but don’t have a sense of how many calories are burned while doing everyday things, which is equally important,” said Dr. Tony Monahan, who developed the Tiger Trails concept with fellow HPED professor Dr. Andrea Salis.

Dr. Salis said, “This is an innovative way to introduce the importance of daily, aerobic exercise and inspire people to try new activities like sport walking or even race walking!”

The trails - which will include handicap paths - will be marked by the degree of difficulty. They are scheduled to launch in the fall of 2013 for class participation, new student orientation, athletic warm-ups, and campus events such as Walk to Aspire.

Approval for the learning community was granted by the HPED Department and the Office for Academic Affairs.

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