Kinesiology Club looks to promote fitness with four-day event

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Kinesiology Club, with the support of faculty members in the Department of Kinesiology, is holding the first annual Exercise is Medicine event during the week of Nov. 5 to 8, on the Penn State University Park campus. The event will consist of campus-wide activities that will encourage all Penn State students to "get moving" so they can enjoy a healthier, more physically active lifestyle.

"Physical inactivity is the fastest growing public health problem in the United States, and is widely prevalent even among college-age individuals," says David Proctor, professor of kinesiology and faculty chairman for Penn State’s first campus-wide Exercise is Medicine event. "While university students may currently look and feel healthy, now is the time for them to become and remain physically active to help ward off future medical problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease."

Exercise is Medicine, an initiative launched by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association in 2007, encourages primary care physicians and other health care providers to assess physical activity during office visits and to discuss the health and medical benefits of exercise with their patients. One outgrowth of this ACSM initiative is Exercise is Medicine on Campus, a program calling on universities and colleges to promote physical activity and its health benefits on their campuses.

Beginning Nov. 5, and throughout the week, Kinesiology Club members and department faculty members will host several activities on campus to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to provide students with opportunities to learn more about their health and fitness. An Exercise is Medicine information table will be available in the HUB-Robeson Center, where students can obtain health information and sign up for free fitness testing in the White Building.

Also beginning on Nov. 5, Kinesiology Club members and department faculty members will set up stationary bikes and circuit exercise equipment, such as a trampoline and medicine balls, at select sites on campus, including the Pattee Library Mall Entrance (Nov. 5), Palmer Art Museum Plaza (Nov. 6), Old Main Patio (Nov. 7) and the Willaman Gateway to the Life Sciences (Nov. 8), with a goal of encouraging passersby to engage in exercise. Participants will be eligible for free giveaway items and prize drawings.

"Although fitting exercise into a busy college life can seem challenging, it's really not if you consider that even a modest amount of daily walking and some stretch-band exercises, for example, can improve our heart health and muscle tone," said Ali Thompson, student director of Exercise is Medicine week at Penn State. "Exercise is also a great stress reliever," added Chris Gettle, president of the Kinesiology Club.

"Exercise is Medicine week at Penn State perfectly aligns with the educational and outreach mission of our department and college," says Nancy Williams, professor and head of the Department of Kinesiology. "We advocate for improved health and quality of life through movement and physical activity, and that is exactly what this initiative does."

More information about Exercise is Medicine week is available at http://pennstateeim.weebly.com/index.html.

 

 

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Last Updated October 31, 2012