Campus-wide Health Challenge underway at LEC


Members of the Lake Erie College community are keeping their New Year’s resolutions going strong thanks to the Campus-wide Health Challenge (CWHC), a series of physical, mental and social challenges designed to keep individuals in top shape.

Conceptualized by physician assistant (PA) student Mark Nellenbach, PA-S and sponsored by the College’s PA program, the CWHC launched at the start of the spring semester as an all-inclusive and comprehensive approach to wellness. Students, faculty and staff at LEC are now competing for various incentives as they complete physical, mental and social health tasks which carrying corresponding point values.

As challenges are successfully completed and logged in the CWHC system, participants accumulate thousands of points that can be redeemed for a variety of prizes from the campus bookstore. Challenges such as staying hydrated, going to the gym, and getting good grades can result in prizes such as hoodies, fitness trackers and yoga mats, all while helping participants learn how to get healthy and get out of their comfort zones.

“I feel that we, as physician assistant students, have a responsibility to serve our community,” said Nellenbach, a member of the PA Class of 2018. “The CWHC is a unique and fun way for our program to educate students, faculty and staff about preventative healthcare.”

All members of the PA program have committed to the CWHC, as have many students, professors and coaches across campus. The ultimate goal of the CWHC is to guide participants to adopt or maintain healthy lifestyles while uniting the LEC community along the way.

"I am very proud of Mark and the entire group of physician assistant students who have made this initiative possible," said Sean Kramer, MSHS, PA-C, interim program director and assistant professor. "I think it is great bringing all departments across campus together for the common goal of our health." 

Nellenbach, who serves as the vice president of the Joseph G. Weber PA Student Society, says he is pleased with the effort he’s seen from students across campus and is looking forward to achieving goals with everyone involved.

The CWHC is LEC’s latest initiative in a series of efforts to make campus a healthier place. Last semester, the College was one of 350 institutions across the country to be recognized by the White House for committing to making its campus and community healthier by getting individuals enrolled in coverage before open enrollment ended. Less than 10% of colleges in the nation earned this distinction.

In fact, Nellenbach got to represent his undergraduate institution, Mansfield University, at the White House Healthy Campus Challenge Day on January 13, where he and his peers heard from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Members of the LEC community are invited to take part in the CWHC by signing up on the official website, where they can also view challenges and prize options while tracking the leader board. Friendly competition is encouraged, and the challenge will be open for the entire spring semester.

To learn more about the CWHC, visit or contact Mark Nellenbach at Keep up with the CWHC by liking them on Facebook and following them on Instagram at @thecampuswidehealthchallenge.

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