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Exercise is Medicine Canada @ CMCC
The Exercise is Medicine on Campus initiative launched at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in collaboration with the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences Canada [RCCSS(C)].
Leads for the initiative on campus are Dr. Chris DeGraauw, president of RCCSS (C), and public health committee members Drs. Michelle Laframboise, Jason Porr and Taylor Tuff.
The EIM movement began to build momentum at CMCC in 2013. For the past two years, the RCCSS Sports Club has organized the Move More Challenge in support of Exercise is Medicine Month. Nearly 250 members of the CMCC community including staff, faculty, and students collectively participated in a physical activity break consisting of a 15-minute hike through the trails behind the college. In order to expand physical activity promotion among patients at CMCC’s teaching clinics, Dr. Laframboise has provided students and interns with informational sessions regarding the assessment and prescription of exercise using the EIMC Exercise Prescription and Referral Pad.
EIMC @ CMCC hopes to keep this momentum and facilitate an even greater emphasis on physical activity at the college. The club will focus on introducing new initiatives as well as supporting those that already exist. Our next big initiative is to incorporate the EIMC Prescription and Referral Pad into the CMCC curriculum and make them readily available at all teaching clinics. Interns will be encouraged to assess exercise as a vital sign and start prescribing exercise to patients when appropriate. We are excited to be a part of the Exercise is Medicine movement that is sweeping the globe and look forward to promoting healthy active living at The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College!
CMCC has a history of promoting physical activity among students and also among faculty and staff, with initiatives spanning the nation. Here are a few examples:
Since 2005, a CMCC student team has spent the summer cycling across Canada to promote physical activity and proper nutrition among Canadian youth. Along the way, they stop at day camps and children’s groups to inspire healthy lifestyle choices and provide safety information regarding sport participation. The teams, working under the program of Unleash your Potential (UYP), garner regular media attention and have been hosted by local radio and television stations and news groups (including CBC, CTV and Breakfast Television). Last year, UYP raised over $15,000, donating to organizations such as The Brain Association of Nova Scotia and the 60 Minute Kid’s Club. EIMC @ CMCC hopes to help fund future UYP initiatives in order to reach out to more Canadians and spread the word about the benefits of physical activity.
On campus, CMCC students have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of physical activities to complement the long hours spent in the classroom. Participation in CMCC intramural sports is a campus favourite as it not only offers a range of sports such as handball, floor hockey, dodge ball, and football, but it also incorporates ‘boosters’ where students gather to cheer on their classmates competing in the championship game at the end of each tournament.
The annual Chiro Games is yet another opportunity for CMCC students to stay active through friendly competition. Students from CMCC are selected to travel to the U.S. to represent the college and compete against neighbouring chiropractic schools in a wide range of sports. Since 1992, Chiro Games has grown to host over 1,100 chiropractic athletes representing 12 colleges.
In past years, Year 4 CMCC interns have become involved in a number of outreaches lending their skills to numerous local sports teams as well as large fundraising events such as the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer and The PWA Friends for Life Bike Rally.
Interns have also become involved in promoting health and safety within schools and have collaborated with other health professions to provide essential health services to disadvantaged communities through Health Mission Outreach. Many students have had the opportunity to travel abroad to the Dominican Republic, to provide primary care to underserved populations. CMCC also hosts its own local fundraisers that encourage community members to get involved with the college in a physical way. This year the 33rd annual Backs in Motion 10km Run and 5km Run/Walk raised over $87,000 and included over 400 participants.