Exercise is Medicine On Campus


Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a collaborative effort between the kinesiology department and the Kinesiology Student Association that 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
  • Providing students the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime


For the fifth year, the Department of Kinesiology and the Exercise is Medicine-On Campus (EIM-OC) committee will be bringing the global health initiative, Exercise is Medicine® to K-State in October. 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 and create a culture of wellness on campus. Earlier this month, President Myers signed a proclamation declaring October as Exercise is Medicine-On Campus month.

ProclamationThroughout the month, the kinesiology department and EIM-OC committee will host activities for students, faculty, and staff. The campus community can look forward many opportunities to move including a campus scavenger hunt with the opportunity to win prizes and the first annual EIM-OC “Meet Up and Move” event at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 22 to celebrate being reunited in movement on campus. In addition to the opportunities to be active, the committee will also host virtual “Lunch and Learn” presentations throughout the month and will wrap up the month of celebration with a presentation by Dr. Benjamin Miller, member of the Aging and Metabolism Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Foundation in Forum Hall on Oct. 26.

Kansas State University was one of 153 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by Exercise is Medicine ® for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus during a virtual ceremony on June 2nd.

Exercise is Medicine-On Campus (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. Silver-level campuses engage students, faculty and staff in education initiatives and make movement part of the daily campus culture while promoting and generating awareness of the health benefits of physical activity.

Activities hosted throughout EIM-OC month last October earned the Kinesiology department silver level designation for the third straight year along with the “COVID-Conqueror” badge for demonstration of creative adaptations to physical activity programming amidst the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about how to get involved, please email Lauren McDaniel.