HSU Recognized by Exercise is Medicine

Humboldt State University recognized by Exercise is Medicine® for Efforts to Create Culture of Wellness on Campus

Humboldt State University among 139 Campuses Honored Worldwide

Humboldt State University is one of only 139 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by Exercise is Medicine® for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. Initiation of Humboldt State University Daily 5 Km program helped Humboldt State University earn bronze level designation from the Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) program. “We are thrilled to recognize these campuses’ commitment to make movement a part of daily campus culture and give students the tools to cultivate physical activity habits that will benefit them throughout their lives,” said Robyn Stuhr, vice president of Exercise is Medicine. “These campus programs are nurturing future leaders who will advance a key tenet of Exercise is Medicine: making physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in health care.”

For launching and EIM-OC program, HSU EIM-OC leadership team (four Kinesiology faculty and four Kinesiology graduate and undergraduate student representatives) applied for the official EIM-OC registration process last year, and HSU is officially registered in ACSM EIM-OC and listed on (https://www.exerciseismedicine.org/support…/current-schools/). The team also initiated HSU daily (M-F) walk/jog/run 5 km program on the campus track for faculty, staff, and students for 10 weeks this semester from noon to 2 pm to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health and to make movement a part of the daily campus culture. More than 40 students, staff, and faculty have participated this program so far, and 11 undergraduate and 5 graduate students hired by the campus Handshake student career recruitment platform and have worked for this program, which has been supported by HSU GI2015 funds.

Of the 139 campuses recognized this year, 55 received gold, 56 silver and 28 bronze. All gold, silver and bronze universities and colleges will be officially recognized on May 29 as part of the 2019 Exercise is Medicine World Congress, held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting.

EIM-OC calls upon universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health and encourages faculty, staff and students to work together to improve the health and well-being of the campus community.

EIM-OC launched its recognition program in 2014 to honor campuses for their efforts to create a culture of wellness. Schools earn gold, silver or bronze status based on their activities. Gold level campuses have created a referral system where campus health care providers assess student physical activity and refer students as necessary to a certified fitness professional as part of medical treatment. Silver campuses engage students, faculty and staff in education initiatives and make movement part of the daily campus culture while bronze level campuses promote and generate awareness of the health benefits of physical activity.

View a complete list of recognized schools and learn more about the EIM-OC program at https://www.exerciseismedicine.org/support_page.php/eim-on-campus/.

About Exercise Is Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) co-launched Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) in 2007 with the American Medical Association. ACSM continues to manage the global health initiative, which seeks to make physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in clinical care, connecting health care with evidence-based physical activity resources for people everywhere of all abilities. EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity promotes optimal health, is integral in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions and should be regularly assessed and included as part of health care. Visit www.ExerciseisMedicine.org for additional information.

About the American College of Sports Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. More details at www.acsm.org.

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