Rec centers offer free access to faculty, staff

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Rec centers offer free access to faculty, staff

Campus Recreation is offering faculty and staff free access to City and East campus faciltiies in the month of December.
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Campus Recreation is offering faculty and staff free access to City and East campus faciltiies in the month of December.

UNL Campus Recreation facilities are open free of charge to faculty and staff in December. Employees need only show a valid NCard at the member services desk in the Campus Rec Center or Fleming Fields Annex Building to gain free access through Dec. 31.

The offer includes free entry for spouses, partners and children.

“We are excited for many faculty and staff to visit us and experience the many ways fitness and sport can enhance their lives,” said Kim Barrett, assistant director for wellness. “The days between holidays, combined with the semester’s end, is a stressful time period and UNL Campus Rec encourages individuals to make it a priority to carve out private time to relax. Exercise and sport are excellent options to achieve this.”

The Campus Rec Center on City Campus, 841 N. 14th St., is a full-service fitness center with a wide array of exercise options, including treadmills, ellipticals, cycles, strength weight machines, free weights, and super circuit; sports courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, racquetball and squash; indoor swimming pool; indoor track; indoor turf field for open recreation and running, climbing wall; group fitness, yoga, and pilates-style classes; injury care center and massage therapy; and outdoor gear rentals and bike shop. Showers and towel service available, in addition to day-use lockers and rented lockers.

The Fleming Fields Annex Building, 2301 N. 33rd St., is a fitness-only center adjacent to East Campus. The facility includes treadmills, elliptical machines, cycles, strength/weight machines, free weights and stretching areas. The building is a temporary location due to the construction of a new East Rec Center.

Personal training, nutrition consultations, instruction and specialty classes, and massage therapy are offered for additional fees.

The rec centers have adjusted during the winter break, beginning Dec. 20. At least one facility is open each day during the break, except Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1.

For more information, including operating hours, go to or call 402-472-3467.

Campus Rec is also hosting a variety of additional wellness and fitness activities in December. Those activities include:

Dec. 2-31

Free towel with completion of Super Circuit orientation (while supplies last). Available at the City Campus rec center only

Dec. 3-4

Wellness Open Houses 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 3, Nebraska Union 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 4, East Union

Activities include blood pressure and pre-diabetes screenings tested, a physical activity mini-circuit, learning breathing and stretching techniques to use at work and in many different situations, recipes and nutrition for healthy holiday ideas, a treat to take with you, information on the Wellness Ambassador program and how to get involved in wellness at UNL.

Dec. 6

Free Swim Night, 7 to 9 p.m., Mabel Lee Hall pool. Free for current NCard holders and guests; $6 for general public.

Dec. 8–20

Free fitness classes and Mind•Body Class (available at the City Campus rec center only). View daily schedules at

Dec. 10

Fit at Work Challenge, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Cook Pavilion.

Dec. 13

Healthy Holiday Eating, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., City Campus rec center. Open to all students, faculty, staff and public. $10 for students & members; $20 for non-members.

Holiday seasons can be stressful times but you can learn how to de-stress, eat healthy, and exercise during this very busy time. This fun and informal event includes free food samples and holiday recipes.

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