Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC) is a global health initiative sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine calling on universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff, and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community by making movement a part of the daily campus culture and providing students with the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime.
Events were kick started with the signing of a proclamation by President Richard Myers declaring October as Exercise is Medicine on Campus month at K-State. The kinesiology department and KSA then hosted different activities for students, faculty and staff throughout the month including a free K-State CrossFit workout and health assessments. Dr. Steven Blair, an internationally renowned expert on the connection between physical activity and health, gave a public lecture in Forum Hall titled “Physical inactivity: the biggest public health crisis of the 21st century”. The culminating activity was an all-university campus walk followed by a raffle of health and fitness-related prizes.
In acknowledgement of the month-long efforts to promote the benefits of physical activity on campus, K-State was recognized as a Bronze level campus by the American College of Sports Medicine’s EIM-OC committee.