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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

Becoming healthy and making it a way of life.

This is the goal of TigerFit, an Auburn University program offering health and fitness screenings to the east Alabama community.

"If they were exercising, and have stopped for some reason. If they have never excised our idea is to find out how to start and safe and healthy exercise regimen that hopefully they can use for the rest of their life," explains Dr. James McDonald, Director of the TigerFit program.

In a 90-minute session, students will perfect their skills conducting different tests on participants including blood glucose screening; pulmonary function testing, aerobic fitness, and muscular strength and endurance.

"We give you an individualized exercise prescription to help you get down that road of exercising and more physical activity," says McDonald.

The most important reason to receive this screening is to find out where you stand in regards to cardiovascular disease or CVD, the greatest cause of death and disability in the U.S.

CVD risk factors include obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, family history, smoking and most importantly, physical inactivity.

As part of the lab, students, professors and visiting physicians will determine your current physical fitness level and estimate your CVD risk.

"We've had some people come in who don't really want to go see their doctor. They go through TigerFit, we say go see your doctor and we've prevented hopefully a couple people from having heart attacks by getting them on medicine early enough."> 

The cost of screenings for students is $25 and is $50 for others.

Appointments can be made for Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from now until the Thanksgiving holiday.

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