WKU has been named a Gold Level Campus by the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine® on Campus initiative.
Gold Level is the highest recognition available, said Jason Crandall, assistant professor of Exercise Science at WKU. “This is quite an accomplishment that required the cooperation of the School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport, the Exercise Science Club, the WKU Health and Fitness Lab, Graves-Gilbert Clinic@WKU, community partners and others,” he said.
Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community by making movement a part of the daily campus culture, assessing physical activity at every student health visit, providing students the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime and connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription.
“Since forming our leadership team, we have made great progress toward the program goal of ‘creating a campus culture that embraces physical activity as a daily facet of life,’” Dr. Crandall said. Some examples include:
- Dr. Todd Misener and the WKU Health and Fitness Lab created a program to help initiate patient referrals and better communicate with Dr. Brian Macy and other physicians at WKU’s on-campus health provider, Graves-Gilbert Clinic.
- Dr. Crandall partnered with the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships to implement Bingocize®, a program that combines exercise and Bingo. More than 100 Exercise Science students and 140 older adults have participated in facilities throughout Western and Southcentral Kentucky.
- Dr. Crandall partnered with Wade Pinkard and Human Resources on a pilot study to explore the feasibility of placing treadmill desks and standing workstations across campus beginning with six workstations and one treadmill desk.
- Members of the Exercise Science Club have conducted fitness testing for a local youth organization, Light of Chance, for the past three years. They also helped implement a physical activity program called “Get Set Go!” that has involved 30 WKU students and 100 children.
WKU will be officially recognized during the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting May 29 in San Diego.
Contact: Jason Crandall, (270) 745-2077