President Norton to sign health proclamation; lead 5K


SRU presidents 5k

Sept. 22, 2015

SLIPPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Cheryl Norton, president of Slippery Rock University, will sign a Proclamation Saturday declaring October, as "Exercise is Medicine Month On Campus". The president will sign the proclamation at approximately 8:40 a.m. at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center and then lead students, faculty, staff and community residents on the President's Wellness 5K Run/2K Walk. Proceeds from the run help to support SRU student scholarships.

Norton's proclamation encourages people to participate in activities related to Exercise is Medicine in the interest of better health and qualify of life. Exercise is Medicine, an international movement, argues that regular physical activity can prevent and treat chronic health conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Members of the President's Commission on Wellness will be on hand with a poster board so people can write how they pledge to be active during the month. After Saturday's activities, the board will be housed in a lounge in the ARC so people can add pledges throughout the month.

Norton said a healthier campus population means a campus culture geared toward wellness, greater participation in classes and activities.

The American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine co-launched Exercise is Medicine in 2007. SRU launched its version in 2011.

Exercise is Medicine Month On Campus leaders said the college years are notorious for unhealthy habits and weight gain, including the "freshman 15" weight gain. Recommended activities include walking, dance marathons, day of play within the community, kickball, volleyball and basketball tournaments, canoeing and mud runs.

SRU, led by the department of exercise and rehabilitative sciences department, has been recognized for fostering a campus culture that embraces physical activity. Most recently, the University achieved a Gold Level Campus ranking from The American College of Sports Medicine for its Exercise is Medicine program.

SRU has received recognition for its promotion of wellness, including a 2015 Healthiest Employers of Western Pennsylvania Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times.

SRU implements the program in many areas. Programming includes cycle aerobics, running clubs, Zumba and yoga.

Nurses screen students' exercise habits each time they visit the health center. If they don't meet the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily, nurses refer them to the Exercise is Medicine program for an exercise plan.

Another option is SRU's Personal Training Program. It matches exercise science majors with students and community residents for physical activity workouts. Students lead two sessions per week and test a clients' progress.

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