Campus: CSU Northridge -- October 27, 2004
CSUN Faculty Design Web-based Exercise Program to Help People
"I'm going to exercise and eat better this year." Millions of people make
that pledge to themselves and then break it every year.
Sometimes losing weight and getting healthy seem no easier than trying to make
it to the summit of Yosemite's famous Half Dome monolith without ever even having
tried on a pair of hiking boots.
Cal State Northridge kinesiology professor Steven Loy and his students have
designed a free Web-based interactive fitness program to help the most reticent
person get back into shape and maybe even one day make it to the top of Half
"We're bombarded daily with bad news--rising diabetes, more and more people with
heart disease, rising obesity in adults and children," Loy said. "The solution to
these problems--eat a healthy diet and increase your physical activity--seems so
simple. But people are still finding excuses not to get into shape. Maybe they
haven't found the right incentive, or program, for them."
Loy said he and his students hope their program, "CSUN & You @ Half Dome," may be
Over the next eight months, they will provide information via the Internet on
exercising and eating right. The Web site,
will offer participants opportunities to ask questions of and get personalized
advice from Loy and his students by attending lectures or at a series of progressive
Loy and his students will facilitate periodic hikes, with the first one on Nov.
4 at Cal State Northridge, that will gradually build to an actual climb to the
summit of Yosemite's Half Dome.
"It sounds like a lot, but all we're asking people to do is walk," Loy said. "At
first, it may seem like an impossible goal, hiking up Half Dome. But after eight
months of following our program, I think people are going to discover that Half
Dome, or any other goal, can be achieved--whether it's losing 100 pounds or just
that last 10 pounds so you can keep up with your kids or just stay physically
"By joining this program," he said, "people will be getting a built-in support
group, and if they invite their friends and family to make that commitment with
them, it'll make realization of their goals even easier."
Loy would like to make CSUN & You @ Half Dome an annual program that helps people
realize that getting into shape and staying fit is not hard once the commitment
is made. He said he and his students will be on hand to make sure people have the
tools to reach their goals.
Participants in the first hike, a one-mile walk around Cal State Northridge, will
begin gathering at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, at the steps of the Oviatt
Library in the center of the campus at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge.
Loy wants to assure people that even if they miss the first walk, they can still
participate in the program. Other hikes will be scheduled, including several on
weekends, about twice a month. To get the latest information on CSUN & YOU, at
check the Web site at
Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler, (818) 677-2130,