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University of Saskatchewan

Exercise is Medicine:  University of Saskatchewan

Student Health Services and the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan partnered with Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC) in the spring of 2014. This successful collaboration invites health practitioners to refer student-patients to kinesiologists for a free consultation and training session to help the patient develop an exercise program.  The goal is to get patients to a point where exercise improves their particular health condition.  Since this referral process, the university health and wellness program for staff has also shown interest in developing a similar partnership with the College of Kinesiology.

In fall of 2014 a student-led Exercise is Medicine on Campus was launched with a student symposium.  Four speakers, including the Director, Exercise is Medicine Canada; Student Health Services’ physician; a College of Kinesiology masters student; and a faculty member from the College of Nursing presented on EIM and benefits of exercise.  Interested students at this launch and symposium formed the U of S EIM student group.  This group helped to plan a second term activity entitled the ‘Fit Minute Challenge.”  Mirrored after the popular ALS Ice bucket challenge, professors and classrooms were challenged to take a minute for classroom exercise and then to videotape and post onto the University of Saskatchewan EIMC on Campus Facebook site.  12 classrooms took part during the month-long promotion.

Presently, students in the School of Public Health Master’s program spear head the promotion of EIMC  on Campus and its activities.  As it grows, our goal is to have more involvement from other health science colleges.

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