July 11, 2019
VSU Earns National Recognition for Supporting Healthy Living
Pictured from left to right is Dr. George Grieve, assistant professor of exercise physiology; Paul Higgs, director of the Center for Exercise Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Athletic Training Clinic; Shawn Phippen, director of Campus Recreation; Rebecca Murphy, associate director of Human Resources for Employee Development and co-chair of Campus Wellness; Dr. LaGary Carter, interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Kaleb Noviello, director of the Center for Exercise Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Exercise Physiology Fitness Center; Dr. Mark Kasper, interim associate dean of the School of Health Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Shantanea Walker, president of the Exercise Physiology Majors Club; Brian Williams, lecturer of exercise physiology; and Dr. Mike Webster, professor of exercise physiology.
VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University recently earned national silver level recognition from the Exercise is Medicine on Campus program. The award reflects VSU’s ongoing commitment to health and wellness on campus.
“VSU is simply a microcosm of the community at large,” said Dr. LaGary Carter, interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Employees are not insulated from morbidities such as prediabetes or diabetes, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.
“The scientific evidence is clear — Exercise is Medicine. The VSU College of Nursing and Health Sciences, in partnership with Campus Wellness, is uniquely qualified and equipped to educate our campus about the role of physical activity, proper nutrition and other healthy behaviors in the prevention and treatment of diseases and disabilities.”
Exercise is Medicine is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine. It focuses on physical activity being integral to the prevention and treatment of diseases.
“Being recognized as an Exercise is Medicine campus is a high honor and involves the work of many entities on VSU’s campus, including the Center for Exercise Medicine and Rehabilitation, Campus Recreation, Campus Wellness, our exercise physiology students, and various staff members and administrators who encourage, support, and provide opportunities for a more physically activity campus,” said Dr. Mark Kasper, interim associate dean of the School of Health Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
VSU is an active member of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus program, which calls upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. This includes creating a campus community culture that makes movement a part of everyday life, assesses physical activity at every student health visit, provides the tools necessary to strengthen physical activity habits that can last a lifetime, and connects university healthcare providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription.
The School of Health Sciences is home to VSU’s Exercise Physiology Program and Health Sciences Program. Its faculty, staff, and students host an annual Exercise is Medicine Symposium and operate the Center for Exercise Medicine and Rehabilitation, which houses the Athletic Training Clinic and the Fitness and Wellness Center and offers a variety of preventive and therapeutic services to the university and surrounding community.
Campus Wellness promotes an increased awareness and practice of a healthy lifestyle by offering a variety of educational activities and programs that address the social, intellectual, occupational, spiritual, physical, and emotional wellness of the university’s faculty, staff, and student population. This includes the annual Benefits and Wellness Fair, which gives students, faculty, staff, and retirees the opportunity to meet with dozens of representatives to learn about health, wellness, retirement, and benefit plans; healthy living challenges such as Walk Georgia, Active For Life, and Health Trails; group fitness classes; Dine and Discover; special initiatives like the Employee Assistance Program; and more. Additionally, VSU’s campus features the Walking Trail System, which includes the Fitness Route, the Scenic Route, the Historical Plants Tour, and the Whitehead Camellia Trail.
VSU was recognized at the 2019 American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.
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