The former home of the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Baptist Student Center is being renovated and will become the home of the university’s Wellness Center, which will house an Exercise Center and Student Health Services.

Remodeling and renovation work is expected to be completed by August, according to Jay Hughes, vice chancellor for student affairs. “We plan to have the facility ready for the 2013 fall semester,” said Hughes.

The Exercise Center will include both cardio and weight training equipment. The cardio area will include treadmills, elliptical machines, stair-step machine, recumbent bikes, health riders and a water rower. The weight training area will include circuit training stations for standing calf raises, abdominal machines, leg press, leg curl, pec/fly machines, Roman chair, reverse butterfly, triceps press, bicep curl, incline press, and lat pull down. Students in UAM’s exercise physiology program will provide assessments of the physical condition of participants and develop exercise plans for cardiovascular and overall physical health.

Student Health Services will offer basic first aid, a variety of non-prescription medications, emergency services, general health advice, and when necessary, referral to local agencies. A variety of health screenings will be available, including blood pressure, blood sugar, hemoglobin, and body fat percentage.

“We hope to expand the variety of health screenings to better serve our university family,” said Hughes. “We’re hoping to add screenings for cholesterol, prostate, peptic ulcers, renal disease and thyroid illness. I think it’s vitally important that we provide these types of services.”

Both the Student Health Services and Exercise Center will be open to all UAM employees and students with minimal charges for some services and medications administered. The general public may have limited access to the center through an annual fee. Non-university participants will be limited.