The Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies‘ Exercise is Medicine-On Campus Program has received “Gold Medal” status for the second year in a row from the American College of Sports Medicine. This initiative was started by Eugene Fitzhugh, Becky Morgan and Spencer Gregg of the Student Health Center, and Theresa Ezell of RecSports in 2018. It is now maintained by the students in Jed Blanton’s Exercise Physiology classes. Exercise is Medicine is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine and encourages health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans.
In this initiative, physicians at the UT Student Health Center assess students’ levels of activity using a 2-item questionnaire called the “Physical Activity Vital Sign”. This is routinely done at office visits, and the data are entered into the medical record system. Students who do not meet the 150-minutes-per-week exercise goal will be referred to the Center for Physical Activity and Health, where they will receive physical activity counseling from Kinesiology students who are trained to give them ideas and resources to get moving.