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May 25, 2012

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BCM Director Ashley Fredryk reported a total weight loss of 143 pounds by the girls that attend the weekly exercise and Bible study event called Chick F.L.I.C. (Chicks Finding Love In Christ).

Most colleges find it a matter of great concern when they learn that their student population is shrinking but at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, under these circumstances, it is cause for celebration. During the last semester, the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) Director Ashley Fredryk reported a total weight loss of 143 pounds by the girls that attend the weekly BCM event called Chick F.L.I.C. Chick F.L.I.C. (Chicks Finding Love In Christ) was established as an exercise program and intense Bible study group for ladies to prepare spiritually and physically for areas of ministry and service.

"Each week it was so encouraging as the girls would flood through the doors smiling ready to work hard and hold each other accountable," stated Fredryk. "We had over 30 girls that came every week excited about new weight and strength goals that they had accomplished. The goal was to get healthier spiritually and physically." Fredryk mentioned that she personally lost 9 pounds last semester which helped her to stay more focused on her school work and provided her with more energy for the ministries in which she is involved.

BCF Freshman Patty Lally stated, "I lost 21 pounds and I could not have done it if it weren't for Ashley and all the girls encouraging me to keep moving forward. I now feel like I can make more of a difference because I am physically healthier and I have more energy to move forward spiritually now!"

According to Dean of Students Roger Richards, one of the goals of the group was to understand their self-worth through their relationship with Christ. "There is a strong connection between our physical, spiritual, and mental wellness," noted Richards. "When one component is out of sync, it impacts the other two adversely." Richards stressed that too many times students pay attention to their academic progress and spiritual growth, but tend to neglect the physical aspect of their development.

The BCM fitness group will continue in the fall, and plans are in place to offer a men's element to the program. "I can't wait to see what God has in store for this ministry next semester!" declared Fredryk.

For more information on BCM and upcoming programs planned for the fall, contact 850-263-3261 ext. 474.