The Healthy U program at SVSU was launched in 2006 with the idea that a healthier U makes for a healthier SVSU. On average about 50% of SVSU faculty and staff participate in a Healthy U program.
Studies have shown that by implementing a work site wellness program and promoting a culture of fitness, organizations can increase productivity, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover, decrease health care costs and encourage employees to live longer, stronger, healthier lives.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (2004), physical inactivity and poor diet are the second leading (actual) causes of death in the United States. In an effort to reverse this trend, Saginaw Valley State University has joined a nonprofit initiative titled: Exercise is Medicine (EIM).
EIM was launched by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA), and recently endorsed by the Surgeon General. EIM is designed to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of disease prevention. Within EIM lies a program titled, Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIMC), aimed at promoting physical activity and health to faculty, staff, and students on college campuses across the United States. SVSU is honored to be recognized as a campus that promotes healthy lifestyles and physical activity as a means of disease prevention.
Look for the Exercise is Medicine on Campus logo to discover ideas on how to make exercise your medicine!