Saturday, October 27, 2012


A trained professional (University of Oregon), Dorothy Chrisman came to Berea College to teach Physical Education in 1950 and originated Body Recall in the Continuing Education Department in 1979.

Dorothy Chrisman was the founder and developer of the nationally acclaimed adult exercise program, Body Recall. At a time when adult exercise was limited to a tiny segment of people, she designed a program that was inclusive and which has taken adult fitness to new heights. Thousands of adults across the nation have found her pain-free, risk-free, enjoyable approach to exercise to be the means through which they can pursue an independent lifestyle. Her publications and extensive travels to lead workshops and deliver addresses have brought attention to positive exercise options for adults and have brought recognition and honors to her as a national advocate and leader for lifetime fitness. Chrisman established Body Recall’s unique training and certification program, enabling over hundreds of  teachers nationwide to open classes in their own communities.She has written a text, Body Recall: A PROGRAM OF PHYSICAL FITNESS FOR THE ADULT, now in its 9th edition, which serves as a foundation for students of BODY RECALL. Through musically accompanied fitness pieces created by using exercises from her text, student focus shifted from monitoring heart rates, increasing repetitions and duration, and breaking a sweat, to increased range of motion (joint mobility), balance, coordination, strength and agility that could be incorporated into their every day lives.

In 2003, Dorothy Chrisman introduced the youth fitness program, Smart Moves to Lifetime Fitness, designed to be taught in the classroom at the elementary-high school levels.  In 2005, Chrisman published the textbook for this program. Smart Moves…has been taught in public schools in central and eastern Kentucky.

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