Fitness center offers free snacks

By Michelle Bossie

Fresh Fruit Fridays are back as a part of the Bronco Fitness
Center’s ongoing mission to promote health and fitness.

The fitness center is offering members free fruit every Friday
morning, ranging from oranges to apples, bananas to peaches and
plums to mandarins.

Every week there will be two baskets full of fresh produce
supplied by the Bronco Student Center’s own Poly Fresh.

The program began last April after Janae Reed, the assistant
program director, attended a conference held by the center’s parent
company, Club One Inc. The conference suggested supplying members
with fun incentives such as free spa treatments to thank them for
their membership, but Reed wanted to give Cal Poly’s program a
different twist.

“I wanted to do something less expensive that incorporated
something else on campus,” said Reed. Since Cal Poly has a large
agricultural department, Reed went to the Farm Store last March to
see about buying Cal Poly-grown fruit for fitness center
members.

So far, Fresh Fruit Fridays have been popular with students.

“I think that everyone should eat fruit, and I think it’s a
great idea for it to be free at the gym on Friday,” said graduate
student Paul Nurre.

Carl Cassell, an electrical engineering student and workout
enthusiast, has been a fan of Fresh Fruit Fridays since it began
last spring, but he doesn’t take much notice to the selection
offered.

“I’m a simple man, I just need apples” said Cassell.

While the fruit is offered free to members on Fridays, it can
also be purchased at Poly Fresh, which is operated by Cal Poly
Pomona Foundation alongside The Farm Store.

“Its two-fold,” said Program Director Sean Del Rossi. “It
promotes health and fitness in here and it supports Cal Poly
Foundation.”

Fresh Fruit Fridays is part of the fitness center’s new program
lineup that also includes Monday Night Football on their new big
screen TV and Wii Wednesdays, featuring video game
competitions.

Like much of campus, Fridays tend to be a slower day at the
fitness center and the free fruit is a way to keep members
interested and motivated to workout at the end of their week.

“It’s a fun little thing to look forward to,” said Reed. “And
free is always good.”

Reach Michelle Bossie at lifestyle@thepolypost.com.

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