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June 2, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



University’s ‘Exercise is Medicine’ program earns national honor


Slippery Rock University’s “Exercise is Medicine” initiative is lauded as a national model in the latest edition of the American College of Sports Medicine association’s newsletter.      


A lead story congratulates SRU for winning the inaugural “Exercise is Medicine Active U Challenge” competition and notes SRU took a fun approach to its program.

“Slippery Rock University not only used its student health and counseling centers for students, faculty and staff, but it showed students that physical activity can be fun by giving away T-shirts to people ‘caught’ exercising and organizing a Zumba flash mob.”

SRU launched its version of Exercise is Medicine in April. Exercise is Medicine argues that regular physical activity is medicine and helps prevent human diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

Jeff Lynn, professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences; Kimberly Smith, assistant professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences; Carena Winters, assistant professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences; and Joy Urda, instructor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, presented SRU’s program at the sports medicine association annual meeting.


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