Bowling Green State University (BGSU) has been awarded the Exercise is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) gold level recognition for the second year in a row.
“This recognition reflects BGSU’s commitment to integrating well-being and physical activity into our campus culture,” said Karyn Smith, the health educator in BGSU’s department of Recreation and Wellness.
EIM-OC looks to universities and colleges to promote physical activity. Plus, collaboration across campus encourages movement to be part of the culture. It also works toward assessing physical activity at every student health visit and more.
Over 280 campuses around the world are part of EIM-OC. Schools can earn gold, silver or bronze status. This is based on activities related to physical activity promotion, education and EIM integrations into campus health services.
At BGSU, the exercise referral program is through the Falcon Health Center. Participants in the program see a personal trainer six times over the span of two months. They also receive membership to the Student Recreation Center.
But EIM-OC doesn’t stop there.
“In addition to group fitness classes, personal training services, free exercise consults and weekly fitness challenges at the Student Recreation Center, we offer free ‘Move For Your Mood’ sessions in various areas around campus,” said Smith.
The American College of Sports Medicine manages the global health initiative EIM. The idea is to make physical activity assessment and promotion the standard in clinical care. So, the initiative encourages physicians and health care providers to include physical activity in treatment plans and referrals. As a result, BGSU is just one of many college campuses taking this initiative to heart.
“EIM-OC is a great opportunity for BGSU’s department of Recreation and Wellness to collaborate with campus partners, especially with Exercise Science faculty and students, to improve the health and well-being of our campus community,” said Smith. “Our goal is to provide support, encouragement, programming and fun opportunities for students, faculty and staff to incorporate more movement into their day.”