Sodexo at Binghamton University features U.S. Olympian Shannon Miller to
kick-off new community and student wellness program
VESTAL, N.Y., Feb. 7, 2013
VESTAL, N.Y., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Shannon Miller remains the most
decorated gymnast in American history andthe only American to rank among the
top 10 all-time gymnasts. She is the only female athlete to be inducted into
the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame – twice. Who better to engage students and the
surrounding community in a health and wellness initiative at Binghamton
Miller's two-day visit began Monday, Feb. 4, when she was the featured speaker
for the Binghamton University Athletics Club during the eighth annual Bearcats
Celebrating Women's Athletics Luncheon. The event recognizes achievements and
raises scholarships for the University's female student-athletes.
Sodexo, dining services partner for the University, sponsored Miller's
appearance so that funds raised through the luncheon may go directly to
Later on Monday, Miller greeted Binghamton students and the surrounding
community on the Binghamton University Events Center indoor track to kick off
the school's new walking program, "Walk for the Health of It," a wellness
initiative to encourage everyone to walk their way to better health and
improved physical fitness.
"All participants received a free pedometer and were entered to win a number
of great prizes," said Bob Griffin, Sodexo's district marketing manager.
"Shannon posed for pictures and signed autographs prior to kicking off the
walk.What a special opportunity to meet a celebrated Olympian while getting
exercise in the dead of winter."
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Sodexo hosted a "Health, Wellness and Community
Partnership" roundtable discussion from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the
Binghamton University Downtown Center.The event was free and open to the
community. Miller was the keynote speaker for the event.
In addition to Miller's participation, the community roundtable discussion
included Claudia Edwards, director of the Broome County Health Department;
Alan Wilmarth, MD, of UHS; Diane Craft, PhD from SUNY Cortland; Beth Winthrop,
Product Development Director for Wellness, Sodexo Education Services; and
Jeanne Molloy, Fordham University Dietitian.
"We were delighted to host U.S. Olympic gold gymnast Shannon Miller at
Binghamton University," said Peter J. Napolitano, the University's director of
auxiliary services. "Studies drawdistinct correlations between exercise,
health, classroom/workplace attendance, higher productivity, self-confidence
and learning. It is a tremendous honor to welcome an athlete of Ms. Miller's
caliber on campus as she supports our initiatives in partnering with our
students, faculty and the community on wellness activities."
Binghamton University is dedicated to student health and wellness as evidenced
through its newly renovated Rec Center at the East Gym and NourishU program in
the dining halls. Earlier this year, the NourishU program placed second in the
Most Innovative Nutrition Program category in the National Association of
College & University Food Services (NACUFS) annual Nutrition Awards Program.
Visit www.budining.comfor more information.
SOURCE Sodexo at Binghamton University
Contact: Bob Griffin, Sodexo district marketing manager, +1-607-201-3194,
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