Laura Yates enjoys the Outdoor Pursuits Rope Course.

Photographer: Anselm Bradford

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Fun fall activities abound

Leaves change colors; it starts to feel crisp and cool out; and classes start to feel a little overwhelming as Halloween and holidays quickly approach. It is easy to become less active and resort to the Halloween candy to alleviate stress.

Between academics, extracurricular activities and social activities, it can seem hard to balance. However, pull your hand out of the candy bowl, because Ohio University provides dozens of activities that are perfect for the fall weather and will keep you healthy.

Intramural sports

One way many stay active are through the intramural sports offered at OHIO. Intramural sports are offered all year and can provide you with fun exercise and time to see their friends.  Students can find a sport that interests them, while staying healthy -- both physically and mentally.

Seniors in the dietetics program provide a nutritional counseling program for anyone interested in staying healthy. The College of Health Sciences and Professions offers the Nutrition Treatment Program. The program, which costs $30 per session, is open to anyone from the campus or Athens community.

“I think the program is very beneficial. The counselors provide you information with what types of foods you should be eating and what portions you should be having. It is personalized and catered towards you. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about healthy options,” senior Maddie Stevens said.

Getting out
Another fun way to stay active this fall is to attend some of the activities provided by Outdoor Pursuits. Outdoor Pursuits is open to students, faculty and community members.

Many activities such as canoeing, kayaking and hiking are scheduled weekly, but some of the highlights of this season include stargazing at the Ridges, rock climbing at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky and rappelling in the Hocking Hills.
“Our mission is to provide outdoor recreation to the Athens community. It helps build community and helps develop self -confidence and friendships. It helps students or anyone in the Athens community stay active. Recreation is beneficial to your health,” said Dan Vorisek, interim director of Outdoor Pursuits.

Even if you don’t want to get active directly, OHIO has many sports teams to watch this season. Cheering for the Bobcats is bound to get your heart rate up. 

And, in case you do fall prey to the siren song of the Halloween candy, OHIO has some fun, festive activities that will keep you healthy.