College Students Pledge to Be 'Fit to Win' at Street Olympics

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College Students Pledge to Be 'Fit to Win' at Street Olympics


Students from 18 universities and colleges in Metro Manila converged at the Makati Sports Coliseum to show off their athletic prowess and sweat it out at the Unilab Fit To Win Street Olympics, officially kicking off the Unilab Fit to Win Youth Club series of activities for the year.

Unilab Fit To Win Youth Club is the country's first youth club that aims to instill the importance of a healthy lifestyle among Filipino college students, and provide them access to various wellness programs and activities beneficial to their overall well-being.

"Unilab believes that health awareness and education at a young age is key to a healthy and brighter future," said Barry Barrientos, head of Unilab Corporate Affairs Division. "The Unilab Fit To Win Youth Club aims to promote health awareness among Filipino youth by embracing a holistic perspective on health and wellness. By taking part in activities that enhance their mind, body, and spirit, our youth will be fit to win the challenges of tomorrow."

In recent months, the club toured Metro Manila universities. Those who signed up in the school tours were formally welcomed as club members during the Unilab Fit To Win Street Olympics. Partner schools included Asia Pacific College, Central Colleges of the Philippines-Manila, Centro Escolar University Manila, College of the Holy Spirit, La Consolacion College, Mapua Institute of Technology-Manila, National University, Philippine Christian University, Philippine Women's University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa, San Beda College-Manila, Southville International School and Colleges, STI - Global City, Technological Institute of the Philippines Quezon City, Unibersidad de Manila, University of Sto. Tomas, University of the East Ramon Magsaysay, University of the Philippines Diliman, and University of the Philippines Manila.

"While modern technology has its advantages, many among our youth were found to have not experienced playing on the streets, considered one of the joys of childhood and teenage life," said Barrientos. "Through the Unilab Fit To Win Street Olympics, we encourage the youth to spend more time on physical activities because a sedentary lifestyle can increase their health risks. …

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