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Exercise is Medicine

Exercise is Medicine On Campus

Check out our Mountaineers Move YouTube Channel for exercise programming and educational content developed for WVU Mountaineers!

As described by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) physical inactivity is a fast-growing public health problem and contributes to a variety of chronic diseases and health complications (e.g obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, depression and anxiety,). In addition to improving a patient’s overall health, increasing physical activity has proven effective in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases.  Exercise is Medicine® on Campus calls upon universities and colleges to become engaged in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health; the EIM Solution. The EIM Solution aims to link the clinical to the community in combating today’s most common chronic conditions through physical activity. The university/college setting is seen as the microcosm that can help bring both together in accomplishing this goal. EIM on Campus is designed to engage universities and colleges, their students, faculty, and staff in ongoing efforts to improve physical fitness, health and wellness across campus with the possibility for community outreach. 

In 2019, the Division of Exercise Physiology ensured West Virginia University became an official member of the ACSMs Exercise is Medicine On Campus campaign. In 2020, WVU earned Gold Status thanks to collaboration amongst several programs, including the WVU Division of Exercise Physiology, WVU School of Nursing, WVU Medicine, WVU Student Health Services and WVU Medicine Wellness. Together, these programs developed initiatives in community engagement, on-Campus initiatives, and promoting physical activity as a clinical vital sign of health.

Community Engagement initiatives include teaching educational and exercise classes for seniors, children, and local firefighters.

Campus initiatives include the WVU human performance lab, education and fitness classes for WVU ROTC, hosting the Zombie Run in partnership with the WVU Core Arboretum, and implementing the Provost’s TransformThis! Award as Mountaineers Move.

Health Care initiatives include implementing Boxing With Power in Parkinson Disease patients, providing exercise training for Medical Weight Management, and partnering with the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

Resources for staying active during COVID19 for our WVU community: ACSMs recommendations for staying active during the coronavirus and 

Planet Fitness Live- Stream of At-home Workouts: https://www.facebook.com/planetfitness/.