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Exercise is Medicine Initiative Comes to Campus

In collaboration with “Wellness Week,” Georgia Southern University is teaming up with the national initiative “Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC)” to launch a weeklong educational experience promoting physical activity from Feb. 5-12.

EIM-OC is designed to involve and encourage faculty, staff and students to promote the importance of health and well-being. Through this initiative, members of campus will help by raising awareness about the benefits of physical activity and by educating students on how to develop and maintain healthy physical activity habits. The initiative will also work toward connecting University health care providers with fitness specialists to collaborate on an exercise prescription referral system.

This is the first time that EIM-OC is coming to Georgia Southern. Representatives from EIM-OC, including Dr. Robert Sallis and Dr. Carena Winters, will be among the many guest speakers on campus during the week. Dr. Sallis serves as the chairman for the Exercise is Medicine initiative. He is also a spokesman for the “Every Body Walk!” campaign, and supports the recommendation of 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Dr. Winters is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist with an EIM Level 3 credential, is a member of the Exercise is Medicine Advisory Board and serves as Chair of the EIM-OC committee. Dr. Sallis and Dr. Winters will work to ensure that Georgia Southern achieves a Gold level standard according to EIM-OC criteria.

Mark Fenton, former host of PBS’s “America’s Walking” program will also make an appearance during “Wellness Week” in support of the EIM-OC initiative. He’s a vocal advocate for non-motorized transportation, a frequent consultant on bicycle and pedestrian community plans, and a recognized authority on public health issues and the need for community, environmental and public-policy initiatives to encourage more walking, bicycling, and transit use.

“This is brand new to Georgia Southern,” said Bridget Melton, Ed.D, physical activity and healthful living director in the University’s School of Health and Kinesiology. “Through this new initiative on campus we are leading universities to promote this program.”

The initiative will take place in various locations on campus ranging from the Russell Union Rotunda to the Nursing/Chemistry Building. Activities for participants will include Zumba, fitness testing, and games. Prizes including water bottles, pedometers, and T-shirts will be handed out throughout the week to participants as they learn about eating healthy and staying active for 150 minutes per week.

For more information on the initiative, visit the Georgia Southern College of Health and Human Sciences.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. www.GeorgiaSouthern.edu

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