GAINESVILLE, Fla. - University of Florida officials are challenging students to get fit through a new social media challenge.
The Department of Recreational Sports is trying to imprint the comprehensive benefits of exercise on students by encouraging them to post photos and messages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook on exercise-based themes that change daily this month. The Gainesville Sun reports themes include "Water," ''Break a Sweat" and "Rain or Shine."
UF Rec Sports Director David Bowles says exercise reduces anxiety and depression, two of the biggest problems on campus.
Officials said the campaign dispels myths that social media is a distraction from exercise and can instead empower people to think about how they engage.
The Boston Gator Club has joined, and UF students and alumni around the country are also participating.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.