MELBOURNE, AR Ozarka College has been awarded The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas grant, which will help fund a Community Obesity Prevention Fitness and Nutrition Program.

Ozarka College was recently awarded $49,334 to provide resources for cardio health and nutrition programs to community members and College employees.  The College recently used these funds to purchase a variety of cardio equipment for the Ozarka College Paul Miller Fitness Center.   The College is offering incentives for community members to join the fitness center, including a prize drawing.  The College is also conducting a Walking Challenge to collectively walk 15,000 miles.  Community members are encouraged to contact the fitness center to join in our walking challenge.  For more information about Ozarka College’s fitness center, please contact Ozarka College Fitness Center Director, Stacy Gore, at 870.368.2090 or email:

The College has partnered with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service to provide nutrition programs and health programs to be offered in Fulton, Izard, Sharp and Stone counties.  The first program is designed to help participants focus on health, not weight. ReNew You: Health for Every Body is built around the principles of pleasurable and mindful eating, physically active living and respect for body-size diversity. The ReNew You non-diet approach is designed to move people away from diets and excessive exercise to a gentler approach to active living in a healthy body. The primary goal is to help participants gain new attitudes and learn new information and skills to live a life focused on health.

The program will take place February 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15. The program will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Participants can bring their lunch to the class for this lunch and learn series. To register for the next class or for more information, contact the local campus.  For any questions, please contact Deltha Sharp at 870-368-2042 or

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