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Dec 9, 2013

Exercise is Medicine

Yoga on Mountain

"What if there was one prescription that could prevent and treat dozens of diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity?" -Robert E. Sallis, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, Exercise is Medicine™ Task Force Chairman

In collaboration with the University Counseling & Student Development Center, Health Center, and Student Wellness and Outreach, students may be referred to UREC's Exercise is Medicine on Campus program based on their need for services. Students may also contact team participants for a consultation to determine if our programs and services can meet their needs. Students will have a greater opportunity to increase physical activity levels based on their individual needs and have a better understanding of general nutrition to promote overall health and well-being. Those students who are unfamiliar with UREC programs and services will have opportunities to meet with professional staff members to learn about classes and workshops that could meet their needs (yoga, meditation, dance classes).

Students will initially consult with one of the UREC Professional Staff members on the EIMC team. While one-on-one programs such as personal training and nutrition analysis may not interest everyone, all UREC programs and services will be recommended based on individual goals. Alternatives will be provided based on the needs of each participant. Guidelines will also be provided for those participants interested in exercising outside of UREC.

Regular physical activity at the correct intensity:

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease by 40%. 
  • Lowers the risk of stroke by 27%. 
  • Reduces the incidence of diabetes by almost 50%. 
  • Reduces the incidence of high blood pressure, by almost 50%. 
  • Can reduce mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer by almost 50%. 
  • Can lower the risk of colon cancer by over 60%. 
  • Can reduce the risk of developing of Alzheimer’s disease by one-third. 
  • Can decrease depression as effectively as Prozac or behavioral therapy.


Learn more about Exercise is Medicine on JMU's campus.