UCF Recognized by Exercise is Medicine for Efforts to Create a Culture of Wellness on Campus

The University of Central Florida is one of 156 universities and colleges worldwide to be honored by Exercise is Medicine (EIM) for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. Events such as the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Sciences Conference helped UCF earn Silver designation from the Exercise is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) program.

EIM is a US-based health initiative co-launched by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association. Of the 156 EIM campuses recognized this year, 73 received gold, 60 silver and 23 bronze. All gold, silver, and bronze universities and colleges will be officially recognized on June 1 at the 2022 World Exercise is Medicine Congress, held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.

“The Exercise is Medicine On Campus program gives us the opportunity to highlight resources, organizations, and academic units that focus on health, movement, and physical activity at UCF,” says David Fukuda, a faculty member at the College of Health Professions and Sciences who leads the Exercise is Medicine task force. “We are thrilled to receive Silver level recognition in our first partial year with this membership and look forward to further demonstrating our commitment to the program in the future.”

The UCF honor recognizes the collaborative efforts of students and faculty across all colleges of the university, with especially dedicated efforts in health-focused areas, such as the College of Health Professions and Sciences , the College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, Student Health Servicesand the Leisure and wellness center.

Other events held or attended by UCF to earn this recognition include the Healthy Knights Expo, Recharge to Charge On – Yoga for Faculty and Staff, MidKnight 5K 2021, Meditation Minutes, and the Mountain Biking Adventure Trip.

“We are thrilled to recognize these campuses’ commitment to embedding movement into everyday campus culture and giving students the tools to cultivate physical activity habits that will benefit them throughout their lives,” said Robyn Stuhr, vice president of Exercise is Medicine. “These campus programs are developing future leaders who will advance a key principle of exercise is medicine: making the assessment and promotion of physical activity a standard in health care.”

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