The college years are notorious for unhealthy habits. Are you looking for a way to bring some fun, healthy activities to your school? Kick off the school year by promoting Exercise is Medicine® on your campus! Similar to Exercise is Medicine Month in May, Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC) Month celebrates EIM among colleges and universities, promoting physical activity and celebrating the EIM movement during the month of October on college and university campuses.
Exercise is Medicine on Campus® is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health,” said Carena Winters, Ph.D., MPH, chairperson of the EIM-On Campus Advisory Group. “EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community.”
EIM-OC Month promotions and/or activities can include:
- 5km walks/races
- University president, provost, mayor, and/or governor proclamations
- Mud runs
- Kickball/volleyball/basketball tournaments
- Gladiator games
- Dance marathons
- Canoe or water races
- Obstacle courses
- Day of play within the community
Re-occurring activities that you can do throughout EIM-OC Month could include daily:
- Health and fitness tip promoted throughout your campus
- Morning walks throughout campus
- Walk “with your doc or fitness professional” events
If you are a college or university student, faculty or staff person, you can get involved with EIM-OC month by speaking with your campus administration and your school’s city and state elected officials to urge them to declare October as EIM-OC Month. To do this, request an EIM-OC Month proclamation from your president, provost, mayor or governor! Download the toolkit to find the proclamation as well as other ways to get involved this October.
Finally, bring EIM to your campus by officially registering your school with EIM! Visit http://bit.ly/EIMonCampus to learn more and sign up!