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Kinesiology department recognized by Exercise is Medicine ® for efforts to create culture of wellness on campus

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Kansas State University was one of 167 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 in June.

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 in October 2019 earned the kinesiology department the silver level designation for the second straight year. The month was kicked off by President Richard Myers signing a proclamation declaring October to be Exercise is Medicine month at K-State. Throughout the month, the kinesiology department and Kinesiology Student Association hosted free health assessment stations on Bosco Plaza and held a public lecture in Forum Hall titled "The litmus test for achieving integration in Kinesiology? Developing interdisciplinary exercise prescription guidelines and physical activity recommendations" by Dr. Panteleimon Ekkekakis, a renowned physical activity researcher.

Celebrations were concluded with students, faculty and staff joining Willie Wildcat for a walk across campus followed by a raffle for health and fitness-related prizes.

The EIM-OC initiative was also recognized by the K-State Student Governing Association with a commendation for a successful execution of EIM-OC month.

For more information on the department’s activities relating to EIM-OC, please visit their website. A listing of 2020 activities will be shared in the near future.

 

This article was posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, and is filed under College News, Kinesiology.