April 5, 2011

Alpha Phi and the SELF Challenge

Spring is here and warmer temperatures are on their way. It’s the perfect time to dive into a new exercise plan to improve your health before summertime vacations, concerts and events begin. To help you kick off this new lifestyle, Alpha Phi is once again partnering with SELF magazine to offer a new SELF Challenge!

Even if you’re already a fitness guru, you can challenge an already existing work-out regimen by participating in an exercise and eating plan guaranteed to be effective in burning fat and gaining energy. SELF magazine will supply you with all the necessary information, including a work-out schedule, nutrition plan and helpful tips alongside its six-week fitness program—completely free. Working out with a sister is a great opportunity to strengthen bonds within your chapter. Participants of the SELF Challenge, however, can be both Alpha Phis and non-Alpha Phis; everyone is encouraged to get involved!

If this isn’t enough to get you excited to head to the gym with your sisters, SELF magazine will reward the two Alpha Phi chapters who sign up the highest number of participants for this year’s challenge. The winning chapters will receive a sisterhood event that is sure to be a good time. The Beta Mu chapter at the University of Alabama particularly knows the gratifying effects of participating in the program, as they were the SELF Challenge winner in 2009!

The Alabama Alpha Phis gained much more than a healthier lifestyle while participating in the SELF Challenge. As a chapter, we bonded over the program during the year of our recolonization.  We took every task we received by storm, whether it was winning Greek Week or getting our peers heart healthy, the SELF Challenge was no different. We actively embraced the mission of getting people to partake in living healthier lifestyles by reaching out to as many friends and family members as possible. Through emails, Facebook and spreading the word at our campus recreation center, the Beta Mu Alpha Phis signed up over 250 SELF Challengers. SELF magazine rewarded Beta Mu with a celebration during our Homecoming week, complete with Alabama decorations, catered food and complimentary health and beauty products.

Our chapter is excited to take on the Challenge again this year by having members register after chapter and encouraging other sorority and fraternity members to join.

Lauren DeHaven, Vice President of Marketing, is excited to take on the task of asking to people to participate in 2011. She says,  “It's an annual reminder of the benefits of maintaining  a fit lifestyle, and lets others know that Alpha Phi is continuing its campaign for heart health.”

Freshman Amanda Phillips is looking forward to her first SELF challenge saying,“I’ve heard so many great things about participating in the SELF Challenge. I’m excited to get active with my sisters and challenge friends and family to become involved, too!”

Beta Mu members take part in Tuscaloosa’s Heart Walk in February 2011.

Registration for the 2011 SELF Challenge has officially started and will continue until June 30. To register, go to SELF's Challenge page and start today. You can also visit Alpha Phi's SELF info page to find out more information about Alpha Phi’s partnership with SELF magazine and how your chapter can become more involved.

Grace Roberts is a junior at the University of Alabama (Beta Mu).

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