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

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

Arcata, CA - Humboldt State University (HSU) was recently recognized as one of only 139 universities and colleges around the world honored by Exercise is Medicine® for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. Initiation of a daily 5K program helped earn a 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.”

HSU’s EIM-OC leadership team, which included Kinesiology faculty and students, launched a daily walk/jog/run 5K program on campus for faculty, staff, and students over a 10-week period during the Spring 2019 semester. The goals included promoting physical activity as a vital sign of health and making movement a part of the daily campus culture. More than 40 students, staff, and faculty have participated so far, and 11 undergraduate and five graduate students have been hired using Graduation Initiative 2025 funds to work for the program.

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 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/.

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