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Take Eight at State: Are You Up to the Challenge?

Students fence at Carmichael Gym. Photo by Marc Hall

Written By: Kasey Harris

As students are enrolling in classes for the coming semester, Health and Exercise Studies is once again issuing each Wolfpack student a challenge: Take Eight at State.

The challenge is simple. Take eight credit hours of either 100 or 200 level Health and Exercise Studies classes before graduating. At the midway point, students who have completed four credit hours in HES classes are eligible to receive a water bottle. Once students have completed eight HES courses, they are eligible to receive an official “Take 8 at State” t-shirt to commemorate their efforts.

Students get a good work out in Carmichael Gym.


Currently, NC State is a leader in health and fitness instruction. Nationally, research has shown that roughly half of all college students do not get regular physical activity.  The benefits of regular exercise range from decreased risk of developing heart disease to increases in strength and flexibility, and improved brain function.

Take 8 at State launched in the fall of 2011. Since its inception, the program has had 198 students complete the challenge earning a t-shirt, and 347 students have completed at least half of the challenge, earning a water bottle.  

Health and Exercise Studies offers a variety of courses ranging from fitness walking to sea kayaking, and just about anything you could think of in between. Several courses even offer online sections. A full list of eligible HES courses is available through the department’s website.

For more information on participating in “Take 8 at State,” please contact Dr. Kari Lewis in the Health and Exercise Studies department.