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'Exercise is Medicine On Campus' Launches With National Call to Action

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."

Multiple colleges and universities across the country have pledged to support EIM On Campus and have committed to promote the benefits of physical activity to their students, faculty and community. Participating colleges include Lakeland College, Michigan State University, Mississippi State University and the University of Texas.

"EIM On Campus presents an opportunity to evaluate the role of institutions in promoting lifelong physical activity and providing behavioral tools to exact positive health change for students, faculty and staff," said Carena Winters, Ph.D., FACSM, assistant professor and program coordinator of exercise science at Chatham University.

EIM calls on health care providers to assess every patient's physical activity level at every visit, with office visits concluding with exercise clearance and prescription or referral to a certified health-fitness professional for further counseling. The goals of the conference include:

  • Provide universities with an opportunity to learn what other universities are doing to promote physical activity and its health benefits on their campus.
  • Introduce EIM to universities and provide them with an opportunity to become among the first educational institutions to make a commitment supporting EIM.
  • Provide universities with an opportunity to collaborate in supporting EIM on their campuses and in their local communities.
  • Open a dialog between universities and public health officials on lifelong physical activity and EIM.

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About ACSM:

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 35,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

About Chatham University:

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to develop solutions to some of the world's biggest challenges. Every Chatham student - women in Chatham's historic women's residential college, and men and women in Chatham's graduate programs - receives a highly individualized, experiential educational experience that is informed by Chatham's strong institutional commitment to globalism, the environment and citizen leadership. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with Chatham Eastside and the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Farm Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

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