Recreation and Wellness Center News

Learn How to Make: Endurance Energy Bars

By Megan Toomey and Kati Pittman
2017-2018 Dietetic Interns

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These healthy, homemade energy bars are nutritious and versatile. They’re great for a light breakfast or a post-workout snack. 

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Directions

  1. Melt creamy peanut butter and honey together in a microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute

Tip: To keep from burning, take out of the microwave at 30 seconds and mix

Nutrition: Peanut butter is high in protein which helps repair muscles and omega- 6 fatty acids which reduce inflammation

  1. Add old fashioned rolled oats and crisp rice cereal to the melted mixture

Tip: Add slowly while mixing to prevent clumping

Nutrition: Oats and rice cereal are excellent sources of fiber which lowers the risk for heart disease, aids in gut function, and may reduce blood cholesterol levels

  1. Add freshly diced strawberries and dark chocolate chips to the mixture

Tip: Save some strawberries to top the bars off with for a boost of flavor and color

Nutrition: Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants which is great for a boosting your immune system.  Dark chocolate is also a powerful source of antioxidants which reduce inflammation

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  1. Pour ingredients out on to a baking sheet and press into a large square, making sure that the edges are firm and rounded. Sprinkle strawberries on top (optional)

Tip: Use gloves or run your hands under warm water to avoid sticking while forming the square

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  1. Freeze for 20 to 30 minutes, cut into bars, and enjoy

Tip: Use a pizza cutter instead of a knife to save time

Tip: Freeze longer for a bar that is firmer – especially if you want the bars to last a long time

Nutrition Analysis

Per Bar: 199 calories, 8.5g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 76mg sodium, 30g carbohydrates, 2.2g fiber, 18g sugar, 4.3g protein

Ingredients

Serves: 12

-1/2 cup peanut butter

-1/2 cup honey

-1 ½ cups dry oats

-1 ½ cups crisp rice cereal

-1/2 cup chopped strawberries

-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Posted by on April 26, 2018 in News


Register for Swim Lessons at the Rec This Summer!

Develop new skills and strokes with Vanderbilt Swim School! Group and private swim lesson registration is available online NOW at the Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center (Rec).  Participants work individually or collectively in a group setting with a certified swim instructor. Depending on swim ability and the lesson curriculum, swimmers will learn techniques for basic water survival or stroke refinement.

Group lessons : Summer sessions starting June 4!

  • $180/per session – A session includes 8 lessons
  • Lessons occur 4 days a week for two weeks and are 30-50 minutes in length (Monday-Thursday)
  • Fridays are reserved for makeup lessons in case of inclement weather
  • Classes led by a Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

Private lessons are 30 minutes in length and are one-on-one with an instructor. Lessons may be scheduled when the pool is open, with the exception of Mondays-Thursdays 4pm until 6pm. Once online registrations are received by the Vanderbilt Swim School office, lessons will be scheduled.

Semi-private lessons are 30 minutes in length and are two participants per instructor.  Participants should be at or near the same swim skill level and age for enrollment. Lessons may be scheduled when the pool is open, with the exception of Mondays-Thursdays 4pm until 6pm. Once online registrations are received by the Vanderbilt Swim School office, lessons will be scheduled.

Registration for swim lessons requires each participant to have a Rec account.

  • Participants can register for Swim lesson through their Fusion profile. If the participant is a minor, the parent/guardian must register for the swim lesson under the minor’s profile.
  • If you are a student/Rec member, you already have an account and you can log-in to register for the swim lesson.
  • If you are not a VU student, Rec member or you are purchasing a swim lesson for a minor, please create an account at https://rec.vanderbilt.edu/Account/Registerby selecting the “Sign Up” button.
  • Once you have created an account, you will be able to register for swim lessons.

Register now!

For additional information, please contact: swimschool@vanderbilt.edu

 

Posted by on April 25, 2018 in News


Register for the AquaDores Summer Swim Team

Do you have a swimmer, between ages 6-17, who is interested in joining a summer swim team? Dive into the summer with the AquaDores Swim Team! Registration for AquaDores is available online NOW at the Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center (Rec).

Has your child advanced out of swim lessons and is interested in a summer team? Check out the AquaDores! Participants work in a team setting under the direction of a USA Swimming certified coach to refine strokes, increase endurance, and develop good competition habits. The season will culminate with an intersquad meet.

The AquaDores practice 3 times a week for 6 weeks. The season includes a total of 24 practices.

  • Cost: $375 for the season (May 21-July 12, 2018) and includes 24 practices (1 hour practices).
  • Ages – 6-17 yrs.
  • Practices: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00p.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Practices are 1 hour in length led by a USA Swimming certified coach.
    • No practice the week of July 4, 2018.
  • Requirements – Participants must have a knowledge of swimming and be able to complete a full 25 yd., continuous swim in a water depth of 10 feet without the aid of flotation devices. (Not a substitute for swim lessons.)
  • Fridays are reserved for makeup practices in case of inclement weather

 

Registration for the AquaDores Swim Team requires each participant to have a Rec account:

  • If you are a student/Rec member, you already have an account and you can log-in to register for the AquaDores swim season.
  • If you are not a VU student or member, please create an account at https://rec.vanderbilt.edu/Account/Registerby selecting the “Sign Up” button. Once you have created an account, you can add your child to your profile, and register for the AquaDores swim season.
  • If you are registering on behalf of a minor, the dependent must be linked to the parent/guardian’s profile. Questions, please refer to the following “how to” guide: How to Add a Family Member to your Profile Online.

Register now!

Posted by on April 24, 2018 in News


Vandy Cooks: Thai Cuisine is May 18

Friday, May 18

Noon– 1 p.m.

Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Teaching Kitchen

 

Take a trip to the “Jewel of the Orient” with registered dietitians Marissa Wertheimer, Marilyn Holmes, and Certified Health Education Specialist and Health Educator, Emily Cox! At this Vandy Cooks, delicious dishes from Thailand will be served.  Join us on May 18 from noon to 1 p.m in the Teaching Kitchen at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center.

 

Influences from as early as the 1351 Common Era have shaped the dishes we enjoy today all around the world. Thai cooking places an emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic and spicy ingredients. Recipes prepared will include: Red Curry Soup, Green Curry Chicken, and Shrimp Spring Rolls. Recipes, complete with nutrition analysis, will be available for all attending this Vandy Cooks

 

Marissa Wertheimer is also a Registered Dietitian and Health Educator for Health Plus. In her role, Marissa provides wellness coaching along with health education to Vanderbilt faculty and staff.

Marilyn Holmes has more than forty (40) years of experience as a Registered Dietitian and in population health management. Currently, she is an Associate Director with the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. Emily Cox is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Health Educator for Health Plus. In her role, Emily provides nutrition programming and general health education to Vanderbilt faculty and staff.

 

 

Vandy Cooks is provided monthly by a partnership with the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center, Health Plus, and their many celebrated food experts.

 

 

Contact:

Marilyn Holmes

marilyn.c.holmes@vanderbilt.edu

(615) 343-2638

Posted by on April 24, 2018 in News


Park in Lot 74 on Saturday, April 21

Planning to come to the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center on Saturday, April 21? While Children’s Way will be unavailable for parking, security officers will direct patrons to Lot 74.

Questions or concerns? Please call 615-343-6627

Posted by on April 19, 2018 in News


Employee Health and Fitness Day is May 2

Join the celebration at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center (Rec) as we recognize Employee Health and Fitness Day on May 2nd.   This annual all-day event is held to showcase numerous opportunities available to support the Vanderbilt community in being active in the workplace.

 

Enjoy this opportunity for complimentary full access to the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center.  Join a group fitness class, enjoy a swim, try the rock climbing wall, or grab a quick workout! Feel free to stop by the Welcome Desk to enjoy a facility tour by one the Rec staff members.

 

  • From 12 – 2 p.m, meet the Rec’s personal trainers and ask your questions about personal fitness goals.
  • From 4-7 p.m., bring your friends and family to enjoy bowling in our Rec four lane bowling alley.
  • Stop by the Health Plus office for Know Your Numbers to qualify for Go for the Gold

 

We look forward to celebrating Employee Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 2nd! RSVP to our all-day event on Facebook today!

Posted by on April 19, 2018 in News


Stress Less Spring Fest is April 23 at the Rec

The Office of Housing and Residential Education and the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center invite you to Stress Less Spring Fest, Monday, April 23rd from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. This is a great time to relax and unwind before finals begin! Take advantage of free food, and activities like a petting zoo, meditation, yoga classes, a hammock village, facials, massages, and more!

All activities start at 5:30
– Vinyasa Yoga classes: 5:30-6:45 & 7:30-8:00
– Petting Zoo starts at 5:30 and ends at 7:30

Barista Bar – Demo Kitchen
Bowling – Bowling Center
Crafts – Lounge
Facials – Studio D
Food – Demo Kitchen
Free Play Gym Open
Golf – Golf Room
Hammock Village – Climbing Wall
Massages – Studio B
Nutrition Minute – Outside Court 1
Petting Zoo – Intramural Fields
Rock Climbing – Climbing Wall
Smoothies – Floating
Video Games – Lounge
Yoga – Studio C

Posted by on April 18, 2018 in News


Check out these availability updates and facility announcements!

The Rec is preparing for a busy weekend, April 13-April 15. In preparation, please take note of the following updates, closures, and notices.

Closures:

  • Aux Gym:  closed from 5pm on Friday, April 13th thru Saturday, April 15th at 10pm
  • Gym Courts 1-3:  Closed Saturday, April 14th from 8am – 4pm

Group Fitness Updates:

  • 8:30 – 9:30 am Yoga-Ali is subbing for Grace 
  • 9:15 am Indoor Cycle-Aubrey is subbing for Alyson
  • 10:15 am Hard assets-Aubrey is subbing for Alyson
  • 10:30 am Hardcore-Aubrey is subbing for Alyson

Posted by on April 12, 2018 in News


Rec Exam Week is April 23-May 3

Studying for exams can be stressful… all of your favorite study spots are taken, you’re hangry, and you want to ace your finals. The Rec is the perfect solution for your stress!

The Rec is open 24/7 from April 23 at 11 p.m. through 5 a.m. on May 3!  Access the Rec with your Commodore Card,  and utilize study spaces throughout the facility.  Come study in our conference rooms, play a game of basketball, re-energize with a snack, take a quick catnap on our sofas, and enjoy our many other stress relieving activities! The opportunities are abundant and accessible to all students!

Throughout the week, there will be therapy dogs, free food, late night yoga, chair massages, Hammock-Ville, ping pong, coloring books, Top Secret Golf, and MORE!

The schedule is as follows:

  • April 25: Yoga Class: 9-9:30 p.m – Studio C
  • April 26: Chair Massages: 6-8 p.m. – Rec Lounge
  • April 29: Top Secret Golf: 5-7 p.m. – Rec Fieldhouse
  • April 30 Cereal Bar: 9-11 p.m. – Rec Lounge
  • May 1: Trailmix Station: 9-11 p.m. – Rec Lounge

Posted by on April 11, 2018 in News


Yoga & Meditation on Wyatt Lawn is April 17

Looking for a way to get outside this spring, switch up your workout, increase your flexibility, or challenge your strength?
Join the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center for a 30-minute outdoor yoga class and 30-minute meditation class, led by Dean Beasley, that will rejuvenate and energize your afternoon. Check out this opportunity for you to enjoy spring weather in Tennessee at Wyatt Lawn at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17.

Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothing. Yoga mats will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside of the Ingram Commons Center.

Posted by on April 9, 2018 in News