By Omar Reyes

Staf Writer


A weight-management class will be offered in the Spring to help students lose weight, gain weight or maintain weight.

The class is also designed to help improve athleticism, said the teacher, Mark Cipolla.

The class is presented as an “emphasis” on weight management in the Kinesiology Department.

Jorge Perez, 25, a computer technology major, said, “It could be a useful class to manage your weight because a lot of people don’t know how to manage their weight and count calories and it sounds motivational.”

The class will be introduced and instructed by Cipolla, who was hired as a full-time teacher in the Fall. Cipolla said he had taught the weight -management classes in San Diego colleges with successful results: “People would get off blood pressure medication and people lost 30-40 pounds in a semester.”

Cipolla said the tentative class schedule will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2:55 p.m. In addition to weight management, Cipolla said “The class is also performance-based so if you’re an athlete and you want to jump higher, run faster, it’s all in the same class. It’s a new emphasis and it’s going to be under our fitness and wellness class, but the emphasis is going to be weight management.”

Cipolla’s plan is to have half of the class to include a lecture in R107C at LAC, the Hall of Champions gym.
The class will include discussion on weight management and physical exercises. The second half will be a physical workout in the Hall of Champions in R107, performing exercises discussed in the lecture.

Cipolla has taught the class in San Diego for five years and throughout that time, the teaching has experienced little change and Cipolla will follow the same basic model of teaching for the Spring class.

Isabeel Oceguera, 22, a phlebotomy major, said she believes the class can help students. “It’s a good idea. Not a lot of people have time to go to a gym after school so why not go to a gym while you’re in school? It’s a good idea if you’re willing to commit to it. That way you can see progress in you and it motivates you to keep going from there.”

Cipolla said he is hopeful about the upcoming class: “We’re definitely looking to fill the class because if it doesn’t fill, it’s not going to go. The class will benefit anybody in any department because this is your personal well-being.”

More information may be found by emailing Cipolla at