MAY 1, 2018

Campus-wide Moving & Shaking: “Exercise Is Medicine Day” Promotes Free Physical Activity & Chronic Disease Prevention

From a walk across campus at 10:30 a.m. to a Tai Chi stress-buster session on the Academic Quad at 12:30 p.m., national "Exercise is Medicine Day" will bring the general public together with students, faculty, and staff on Thursday, May 3, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., for free movement lessons and health education at WCU. Nutrition Department students will even provide chick pea, "no tuna," salad wraps and banana whip treats! Sponsored by the College of Health Sciences, all sessions and activities will be held on campus in Sykes Student Union and the Academic Quad.View Campus Map

United for HER founder Sue Weldon, a WCU alumna and breast cancer survivor who created the non-profit organization in 2009 after discovering that a lack of resources existed about wellness services for women undergoing cancer treatment, will kick-off the day with words of inspiration at 11:15 a.m. in Sykes Student Union Theater.

An action- and energy packed day will follow with many highlights for all:

  • Fitness testing activities throughout the day on the Academic Quad by the Exercise Science Division of the Kinesiology Department.
  • Pulmonary function testing & oxygen saturation and carboxyhemoglobin saturation measuring by the Respiratory Care Program.
  • Sweat testing, fluid replacement & landing error scoring by the Sports Medicine Department.
  • Breathing and barefoot assessments by Kinetic Physical Therapy and Movement Paradigm.
  • Lyme disease prevention and physical safety tips by WCU students who are members of the Master's of Public Health Student Advisory Board.

Community partners will also be on hand, including the Chester County Health Department, which will discuss the WalkWorks program, and the Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group from Chester and Montgomery counties, which will provide information about spasmodic dysphonia.

Numerous other community partners will be joining the WCU celebration of all things healthy, nutritious, and wise. Among the many partners are AREUFIT, A.C. Moore, Zoë's Kitchen, P.J. Whelihan's, The BAT, Riverton Country Club, The Physical therapy and Wellness Institute, Chester county Hospital-Penn Medicine, Wawa, Planet Fitness, Ram's Diner, Orange Theory Fitness, Lumi Organics, The Movement Paradigm, and more.

A national effort, Exercise is Medicine Month is a joint initiative between the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine to promote physical activity as prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

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