Marian University Faculty Member Serving on “Top 10 by 2025” Coalition

by Mark Apple | Jul 03, 2013

Indianapolis is dropping in the annual ranking of America’s Fittest Cities, and Sharon Barclay, a faculty member in Marian University’s online nursing program, wants to do something about it. She believes that through her participation on the “Top 10 by 2025” coalition, she can help improve the health and well-being of residents in central Indiana.

The American Fitness Index, administered by the Indianapolis-based American College of Sports Medicine, now ranks Indianapolis as the 45th fittest city in the nation. That’s down from its 43th place ranking from the previous survey. The goal of the Top 10 by 2025 coalition is stated in its name—make Indianapolis one of the 10 fittest cities in America by 2025.

“We have a long way to go, and we’re moving in the wrong direction,” Barclay said. “To reach our goal by 2025, we need the people of Indianapolis to begin making healthy choices now.”

The coalition’s mission is to be a catalyst for individual, policy, system, and environmental change by aligning stakeholders’ individual strengths into a collective power for improved community health. The coalition has already recruited 85 companies to be partners in the initiative, including Marian University, Butler University, Eli Lilly, and St.Vincent Hospitals.

More information is available via the Top 10 by 2025 Facebook page, and you can follow them on Twitter: @Top10by2025.

Marian University staff, faculty and students who are interested in volunteering or learning more about the initiative should email Sharon at

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