College faculty, staff and students take part in Panther Prowl as part of campus-wide health initiative

Members of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus team with Chancellor Mark Mone.

Every second Sunday in October for the last thirteen years, UWM faculty, staff and students have come together for a fun run/walk in the neighborhood to raise money for UWM student scholarships. This year, more than 1,200 runners, walkers, strollers and canines helped to raise nearly $25,000 – and counting!

Among the turnout was the College’s team, “CHS: Health in Action,” with sixty faculty, staff and students who helped to bring substantial financial support for scholarships.

The Prowl is also one of the more visible events for the Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) student interest group, led by a leadership team made up of UWM faculty, staff and kinesiology students.

What is Exercise is Medicine® on Campus?

Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is an American College of Sports Medicine initiative that promotes physical activity and exercise on college campuses by fostering collaborative multidisciplinary relationships and leadership between exercise, health and other disciplines.

At UWM, EIM-OC is providing CHS students in kinesiology with opportunities to get high- quality, hands-on experience as they assume leadership roles in various exercise-related events and initiatives.

As a professor and undergraduate program director in the Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Health Promotion (ESHP) Unit, Christy Greenleaf, PhD, serves as one of the advisors for the EIM-OC program at UWM.

“This designation has given our students a unique opportunity to partner with multiple campus resources, including Norris Health Center and University Recreation, as well as ACSM, which really is the premier organization in our field. From an educational standpoint, this is a wonderful opportunity,” Greenleaf said.

One of the primary goals of the program is to see all campus and community members discover, share and adopt principles that help people embrace behaviors that support health, specifically physical activity.

Meet the EIM-OC Leadership Team

Coordinating the effort on campus is an Exercise is Medicine® on Campus Leadership Team made up of faculty, campus health fitness and health care professionals, as well as students in the College’s Kinesiology program and the Kinesiology Undergraduate Student Organization (KUSO).

Exercise is Medicine® on Campus Leadership Team

Christy Greenleaf, PhD
Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Health Promotion (ESHP) Unit

Ann Swartz, PhD, ACSM Fellow
Professorand Chair, Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Health Promotion (ESHP) Unit

Dr. Julia Bonner
Director, UWM Norris Health Center

Brian Stahlkopf, MS
Senior Student Services Coordinator, Norris Health Center

Sarah Luelloff, MS, ACE, AFAA
Fitness Program Director, UWM University Recreation (UREC)

Christina Wirtz
BS Kinesiology student

Spencer Wall
BS Kinesiology student

Mallory Washington
BS Kinesiology student

Along with Greenleaf, Ann Swartz, PhD, ACSM Fellow, professor and chair, Department of Kinesiology, ESHP Unit, serves as an advisor to the team. Swartz said, “It’s wonderful that the whole department, from faculty to students, came together to support this important mission.  We are doing everything we can to encourage exercise and movement.”

On the Prowl to better health

Leadership team members initiate and support a wide variety of activities on campus to tie in with the Exercise is Medicine® on Campus initiative, the Panther Prowl being one of them.

On race day, UWM Chancellor Mark Mone made a special proclamation designating “October 2017 is Exercise is Medicine® on Campus Month.” He emphasized the health benefits of physical activity and exercise, and asked all to join in activities and observances in the interest of better health and quality of life for all on campus.

Athletic trainers and students from the Kinesiology, Integrative Health Care and Performance (IHCP) unit, also provided first aid, injury prevention education and pre- and post-race stretching.

“One of the most important jobs of an athletic trainer is to help people learn how to safely exercise, stay hydrated and prevent injuries,” says Associate Professor Jennifer Earl-Boehm, PhD, ATC, FNATA, and director of the Master of Science in Athletic Training program.

Kinesiology undergraduate student Christina Wirtz commented on the benefits of participating in organized health initiatives within the UWM community.

“As a student, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with faculty, as well as other student leaders to bring awareness to the health benefits of exercise and physical activity.”

Wirtz currently serves as the president of KUSO and is on the EIM-OC Leadership Team.

Future plans for Exercise is Medicine® on Campus

This November a handful of kinesiology students will attend the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There they will present a full report of the activities on the UWM campus. They also will talk to others to about the most interesting programs and initiatives, and bring home ideas to further expand the program.