Harrisburg University is one of only 149 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by Exercise is Medicine® for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus, and is now recognized as a Bronze Level Campus.
This program calls upon universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health and encourages faculty, staff and students to work together to improve the health and well-being of the campus community through:
- A commitment to make movement a part of daily campus culture
- Giving students the tools to cultivate physical activity habits
- Providing students with the tools to strengthen physical activity habits for a lifetime
- Connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription.
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.
The EIM-OC program has been implemented by Dr. Lori Portzer, Associate Professor and Program Lead for the Exercise Sciences program.
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