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WKU Recognized by Exercise is Medicine Initiative

  • Author: Dr. Jason Crandall
  • Author: Friday, March 25th, 2016

Western Kentucky University has been named a Gold Level Campus for the second year in a row by the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine® on Campus initiative.

Gold Level is the highest recognition available, said Jason Crandall, assistant professor of Exercise Science in the College of Health and Human Services at WKU. “This is quite an accomplishment that required the cooperation of the School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport, the Exercise Science Club, the WKU Health and Fitness Lab, Graves-Gilbert Clinic@WKU, community partners and others,” he said.

Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health.  EIM-OC 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, assessing physical activity at every student health visit, providing students the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime and connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription.


“Since forming our leadership team, we have made great progress toward the program goal of ‘creating a campus culture that embraces physical activity as a daily facet of life.’ We are extremely proud to be recognized as a Gold Level campus for the second year in a row”, Dr. Crandall said. Some examples include:

*Dr. Todd Misener and the WKU Health and Fitness Lab created a program to help initiate patient referrals and better communicate with Dr. Brian Macy and other physicians at WKU’s on-campus health provider, Graves-Gilbert Clinic.

*Dr. Crandall partnered with the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Engagement to implement Bingocize®, a program that combines exercise and Bingo. More than 160 Exercise Science students and 140 older adults have participated in facilities throughout Western and Southcentral Kentucky.

*Exercise Science faculty partnered with WKU Human Resources on a pilot study to explore the feasibility of placing treadmill desks and standing workstations across campus beginning with six workstations and one treadmill desk. A larger study is planned on the WKU campus in the fall of 2016.

* WKU will be officially recognized during the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting June 1st in Boston


For more information, contact Dr. Jason Crandall | 270-745-2077 | jason.crandall@wku.edu

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