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With a recent increase in college obesity rates, it is imperative to assess the effectiveness of campus-wide fitness programs while encouraging other institutes of higher education to do so. It is presently uncertain whether these programs are advantageous or disadvantageous for improving campus-wide obesity rates; therefore, assessing campus-wide fitness programs and reporting results may bring awareness to college campus obesity rates and clarify a solution to the problem. NSU’s RecPlex offered “Slimming with the Sharks,” a structured, multiple-component, weight loss initiative available to all students, faculty, and staff. The following is a brief report of “Slimming with the Sharks” data within NSU faculty, staff, and students.

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Corey A. Peacock, Ph.D., NSCA-CSCS, ACSM-CPT, assistant professor at NSU's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, received his Ph.D. of Exercise Physiology from Kent State University. His research interests include special populations, exercise interventions, dietary interventions, and strength training.

Tobin Silver, Ph.D., assistant professor at NSU's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University. His research interests include nonlinear, linear, and temporal analyses of biological signals (human), balance and posture, strength and conditioning, fall recovery, and personal training. Tobin is an avid yogi and his professional role model is Leroy Hoard.

Pradeep Vanguri, Ph.D., is associate professor and coordinator of athletic training at the clinical sites, at NSU's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he also served as graduate assistant in the undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program. His current research interests include exercise interventions, faculty development, pedagogy, and clinical instruction.