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Released September 23, 2003


HATTIESBURG -- Better eating habits and a healthier lifestyle are now at the fingertips of University of Southern Mississippi students, faculty, staff and the Hattiesburg community.

The Southern Miss Fitness Assessment Center, a division of recreational sports, now offers nutrition guidance, counseling and recommendations for the Southern Miss community.

Staff dietician Olivia Ard, who recently joined the center's staff, sees the program as a valuable tool to improve one's health. "I hope to provide information to the Southern Miss community that will ultimately increase (their) overall well-being," Ard said, citing one her goals for the FAC.

Ard received her bachelor of science in nutrition and dietetics from Southern Miss in 2002. She completed an internship at University of Mississippi Medical Center and is now pursuing a master's degree in human nutrition.

"We're pleased to offer services to enhance the physical well-being of the Southern Miss community," said Dr. Susan Bone, assistant director of wellness for recreational sports. "We feel these services also complement the recreational and wellness programs provided at the Payne Center."

The nutrition services at the FAC will range from weight management or eating disorder counseling to sports nutrition recommendations or general information on fad diets and supplements.

"I hope to personalize messages to meet each individual's needs," Ard said.

Personal Fitness Instruction packages are available in a variety of selections, including nutritional counseling and fitness assessments. Student discounts are also available. For more information about any of the packages or services provided, contact the FAC at 266-4917.


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