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E.A.T. (Exercise Across Tennessee)

Exercise Across Tennessee

FREE PROGRAM!! Earn points through exercising

Keep a nutrition log

  • FREE Pedometers
  • FREE Fitness assessments
  • T-shirt awarded to those who accomplish their goals at end of program

What is it?

  • A fun program offered to members of the VRWC by the Wellness Resource Center to promote healthy lifestyles by providing incentive for fitness activities and nutrition.
  • Participants earn steps through everyday fun activities or exercises. Activities could include basketball, swimming, running, cycling, walking, or even yoga.
  • You also receive nutrition information to help you along this journey.
  • Each participant has a goal set to 10,000 steps per day.
  • Participants encouraged to set individual goals throughout the program dealing with fitness and nutrition.

Dates and How to sign up

  • Dates to be announced. Look for posters and flyers in the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center (VRWC) announcing dates
  • Participants can come by the Wellness Resource Center to sign up in person.


  • Your main goal is to get 10,000 steps per day.
  • Each participant is responsible for determining the number of steps they received each week.
  • Every Sunday your steps need to be turned in to the WRC.
  • There is a step conversion chart on the Wellness Center’s website to help you transfer your exercise activities into steps easily.
  • The website is www.vanderbilt.edu/CampusRecreation.
  • Another option for you to use is a pedometer that the Wellness Center will provide if interested.

How to keep track

  • The Wellness Center will keep track of your points after you either report it to them online through the Wellness Center email, or by putting your total in a box located in the weight room or at the front desk of the Wellness Center.
  • The Wellness Center will also be posting a large map in the Rec Center so you can track how far you have walked around the state of Tennessee on a map. This is a cool way to track your progress.


  • Nutrition tips will be sent out to you every week, they are called Nutribytes. They are weekly nutrition tips that participants can use in their everyday life.
  • Also we would like participants to keep a food diary to track their nutrition throughout this process.
  • Write down after each meal and snack what food and beverage you took in.

Goals- Should fulfill the S.M.A.R.T. protocol of goal setting

  • S – Specific- The goal should identify a specific action or event that will take place. Answers the question: Who and What?
  • M – Measureable- Make concrete criteria for measuring progress of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track and reach your target dates easier. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
  • A – Attainable- The goal should challenge you to do your best, but they need also to be achievable. When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them.
  • R – Realistic – The goals need to pertain directly to the challenge being managed. To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.
  • T – Time- A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
  • Participants are also encouraged to keep track if they met or did not meet each individual goal throughout the program.

How to use a pedometer

The pedometer can be set to one of three settings. It can be set to number of footsteps, miles, or calories by simply pressing “Mode”. The “reset” button should be used at the beginning of every week.


  • The Wellness Center will provide participants with a BMI chart so they can calculate their BMI before and after the program to track their progress. The Wellness Center also does FREE assessments of body fat and fitness. You can come by at any time.
  • You are encouraged to have an assessment before and after the program to see how well you have met your goal.