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'Exercise is Medicine On Campus' Launches With National Call to Action
Date:5/6/2009

Chatham University hosts conference focused on promoting physical activity on college campuses

INDIANAPOLIS, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A national program focused on connecting health care providers and the public on the benefits of physical activity is now infiltrating college campuses nationwide. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) today announced "Exercise is Medicine(TM) On Campus," a program component to address and expand exercise and physical activity in the unique university and college environment.

EIM On Campus will be unveiled during a national call-to-action event at Chatham University, May 8, 2009, asking colleges and universities to join the national movement that will expand education and access to health and fitness information to students and faculty. The event will bring together regional and national university officials and faculty, ACSM leadership, and public health and government officials, including an address by Rear Admiral Penelope Slade-Sawyer, Acting Executive Director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, followed by a keynote address by EIM chair Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM.

The launch aligns with programs on campuses all over the country, including Michigan State University, where Jim Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM's incoming president (2009-2010), says the national roll-out coincides with his commitment to make his term ACSM's "year of the student."

"As part of ACSM's leadership, I've been involved with many facets of EIM, although this is the first directed primarily at faculty and student health," said Pivarnik. "At Michigan State, we will support EIM On Campus with curricula, awareness programs and partnerships that can be duplicated nationwide. This is truly an opportunity for students and faculty at universities everywhere to connect and collaborate."

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