The 9-Week Challenge starts on Oct. 6, and students who complete the challenge will receive a free T-shirt.
To complete the challenge and receive a T-shirt, students must work out for at least three hours a week, attend one fitness class each week and attend one wellness workshop over the course of the nine weeks.
Brian Duffy, a senior studying biology, is the coordinator for the event.
He said the purpose of the 9-Week Challenge is to help students establish positive lifelong health habits.
Duffy said participants can sign any time by going to the Wellness Activities Web page and clicking on the 9-Week Challenge.
That is also where participants will log their hours and class attendance will receive a free T-shirt.
All participants should record their hours and classes.
Duffy said there is no verification necessary from the classes and each participant should log everything on his or her honor.
“I have access to that and can see everyone’s information and email, see who actually did it, and will get them a T-shirt,” Duffy said.
Duffy said that once all the participants sign for the challenge, he will send email reminders and dates to everyone each week and let them know about the fitness classes they can attend.
Fitness classes start the same week as the 9-Week Challenge. There are a variety of options with Zumba, Yoga, Hip-Hop, Water Aerobics and Spinning classes to name a few.
The first Wellness Workshop of the semester will be on Oct. 9 in room 120 of the John Taylor Building at 2 p.m. Each workshop is an hour long.
Duffy said each wellness workshop is a class where the speaker presents a subject like nutrition, body composition or another aspect of fitness.
He said this challenge is usually a popular event at BYU-Idaho and there is a good turnout because a lot of people like that as a motivation to work out.
“The idea of it is so they can maintain a consistent workout,” Duffy said. “The hope is that after nine weeks you’ve gotten into a routine, you’ve gotten into a habit that you can continue for the rest of your life.”
He said it can be difficult to establish a workout routine, especially with school and work, but once someone does, it almost becomes second nature.
“I just think it’s awesome,” Duffy said. “The reason that I wanted to do it is because I believe in being fit, and being active is a huge contributor to our happiness.”
He related fitness to Elder Holland’s recent devotional at BYU-I because it is a choice that can result in happiness.
“If anything, it can enhance your happiness and improve your confidence,” Duffy said. “I think that’s really what’s behind it, so you can learn to live a consistent healthy lifestyle.”
Jessi Leder, a sophomore studying recreational management, said working out has changed her life.
“More energy, a better sense of self and overall better wellness are great benefits that I’ve experienced,” Leder said.
Duffy said he has seen changes in his life and felt happiness through experiences that revolve around fitness.
He said he had never heard about the challenge before and that he is definitely going to participate now.
“It’s just an easy way to get a free T-shirt and work out,” Duffy said.