While 63.1 percent of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese according to the 2009 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, USC students are turning to physical education classes to be healthier.About 2,100 students are enrolled in physical education courses this semester, which is a 250-student increase from fall 2010 and a 200-student increase from spring 2010, according to Steve VanKanegan, director of the physical education program.Get fit · USC students participate in the Fitness for Walking class that meets every Monday and Wednesday. Steve VanKanegan, director of the physical education program, said he thinks students care about their health. – Emily Tat | Daily Trojan “Students are choosing to explore physical education not just to round out their schedules, but because they recognize the importance of being active,” VanKanegan said.He said he thinks the primary reason for the increase in the number of students enrolled in physical education classes is the quality of the instructors.“Our instructors have a complete background in the subjects they teach,” VanKanegan said. “We’re not putting [instructors] in classes unless they have played, coached or had extensive experience [in that field].”He said student desires to be healthier have been another driving force behind the department’s growth.“Students are becoming more aware of the importance of health and well-being,” VanKanegan said.Mackenzie Ross, a sophomore majoring in international relations, said she enjoys taking physical education classes at USC because they motivate her to be healthy.“Exercise is really important for being healthy and staying in shape,” Ross said. “Gym classes here are a fun and educational way to get into exercising and stay motivated.”Some students find it difficult to set aside time to work out in between class and homework, so the physical education classes make students prioritize time to exercise.“It’s really important to be healthy while you’re at school,” said Stephanie Guo, a sophomore majoring in communication. “I don’t think I’d have time to work out with the classes I’m taking, so putting it into my schedule really helps.”Josue Enriquez, a senior majoring in civil engineering, said physical education courses are a great outlet for students to relieve stress.“Taking [physical education] classes helps you de-stress from academic classes. I’ve taken many P.E. classes, [and] all the classes have been amazing,” Enriquez said.The department has recently added new classes, including surfing and table tennis, to appeal to a wide variety of students. The surfing class, which was added in the fall, was filled on the first day of registration, according to VanKanegan.The department is working to continue this growth by looking at the possibility of creating a minor in physical education, VanKanegan said. He said this minor would be attractive to students who are wishing to pursue a profession in physical therapy. So far, no steps have been taken to look further into the addition of the minor.“We believe we’re going to continue to grow for years to come because we have a talented core group of instructors, and students are realizing the importance of good health,” VanKanegan said.
If Kentucky is to change its reputation, then it will require underclassmen stepping up in Bowden’s absence. Stoops said it would likely take multiple players to replace Bowden’s production, although presumably the offense will return to a more balanced approach once Wilson returns.And even if Bowden’s time on the field is over, the Wildcats said their future successes will be owed in large part to the player who took the reins and salvaged a season that seemed doomed.”Here at UK,” Stenberg said, “he’s a legend forever.” Finally, as he raised the MVP trophy postgame, he said it directly: “Stop disrespecting us.”The last play of Bowden’s collegiate career wasn’t supposed to be him throwing a touchdown, but a season-ending injury to quarterback Terry Wilson in Week 2 forced coach Mark Stoops to improvise. After struggling through a few games with a traditional offense, Stoops converted Bowden from a receiver to a do-everything hybrid who took snaps out of the backfield and led a run-heavy attack capable of the eight-minute, game-winning drive it produced against the Hokies. MORE: SN’s 2019 All-Americans“The game is running through him. It’s running through him on every play,” Stoops said after the Wildcats’ 37-30 victory at Bank of America Stadium. “That was one of the most impressive displays I’ve seen in a long time.”Stoops, Bowden and the rest of the Kentucky team largely downplayed the pregame fracas, chalking it up to the teams being in close quarters all week. Bowden did apologize after the game, saying he wouldn’t throw the punch if he could do it over.”But it’s in the past,” Bowden added before waiting a beat, pointing to his commemorative Belk Bowl hat and saying, “Champion.”Kentucky and Virginia Tech got HEATED pregame 👀 pic.twitter.com/PregQKdHP1— ESPN (@espn) December 31, 2019Bowden will be viewed primarily as a wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft, and though he only ran a few routes against Virginia Tech, the 6-1, 199-pound junior still showed why he felt comfortable forgoing his senior season.Hokies defenders struggled to bring him down all game, especially on the 61-yard touchdown scamper, which featured multiple cutbacks and slipped tackles.TOUCHDOWN KENTUCKY🐈LYNN BOWDEN 61 YARDS TO THE HOUSE 🏡 tie ball game! 24-24#BelkBowl (🎥via @espn) pic.twitter.com/AhWWzQqpQV— The Sideline Report (@SidelineReport_) December 31, 2019″Lynn’s just hard-nosed,” WIldcats left guard Logan Stenberg said. “He’s a skinny offensive lineman. He wants to go in there, he wants to put his face in it, he’s physical.”On his final snap, however, Bowden wanted to pass. Despite being 5 for 11 through the air for 60 yards and an interception to that point, the clock and field position dictated he throw. After audibling wide receiver Josh Ali’s route to a post, Bowden lofted a pass into Ali’s arms in the back of the end zone.233 rushing yards ✅Game-winning TD pass ✅Lynn Bowden can do it all 😤 pic.twitter.com/LqY6cqM8vu— ESPN (@espn) December 31, 2019After the game, Bowden offered a quip out of the Lamar Jackson playbook.”Y’all said I couldn’t throw,” he said, “so over the top it go.”A pass clinched the game, but Bowden said the Wildcats didn’t receive enough credit for having the fourth-ranked rushing attack in the nation (278.8 yards per game after Tuesday) during an 8-5 season in the SEC.”I don’t see how my O-line didn’t win any awards,” Bowden said. “I don’t get the logic. Is it because we’re Kentucky? Is y’all gon’ change that? That’s just a question for the world. I want to know.” CHARLOTTE, N.C. — He used different methods each time, but Lynn Bowden delivered the same message over and over Tuesday.The Kentucky star began, notably, by punching a Virginia Tech defender before the Belk Bowl started. He continued during the game by rushing 34 times for 233 yards, including a 61-yard score, and then delivering the knockout blow in the form of a 13-yard go-ahead touchdown pass with 15 seconds remaining.