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S: 2011 ULM Exercise is Medicine on Campus

BC: This is not "The End"

FC: Exercise is Medicine on Campus 2011 | University of Louisiana at Monroe

1: The University of Louisiana at Monroe has embarked on a never-ending journey to promote physical activity and overall health across our campus and in the entire community. We are the first university in the state of Louisiana to launch this program...we're ready to get healthy! | brings | to our campus!

2: January 27, 2011 ULM Exercise is Medicine was officially launched! The focus was to get people excited about physical activity. When mentioning exercise to the community, most have an image already drawn for methods of exercise, such as running or walking on a treadmill. Most believe that exercise must be a constantly scheduled plan of events requiring exertion and no fun. Thus, we brought out a Velcro wall, large boxing ring, obstacle course, and rock wall...all inflatable! It was time to show everyone that exercise can be just movement/activity of the body! Students and members from the community joined together and had some fun, along with some free eatery supplied by one of our sponsors.

4: Exercise is Medicine...Exercise is FUN!

6: February 24, 2011 Dr. Jim Pivarnik enlightened our kinesiology undergraduates and members of the community about what Exercise is Medicine really means. The title of Exercise is Medicine seems self-explanatory; however, many of the current and upcoming allied health professionals do not know what it means to our society and field of study. We felt that our students should hear how the prominent figures of ACSM regard Exercise is Medicine and its effect on our future. Also, Dr. Pivarnik was able to enlighten many on directions available for professions in our field of study. As it seems that he merely lectured, Dr. Pivarnik also made sure we felt it, too, with a ten-minute video of standing exercises, during which all attendance participated! We felt honored and privileged for Dr. Pivarnik to help us in our efforts towards making a difference in our community.

9: We had "recess" halfway through the lecture!

10: March 17, 2011 With wonderful support from our campus, we focused our third event on faculty and staff of our university. Dr. Jeff Cass, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at ULM, portrayed his personal journey through Exercise is Medicine. Over a luncheon, courtesy of our sponsor Body Café, he spoke to faculty, students, and community members about his experiences of weight loss. His story is a remarkable tribute to human motivation and inspiration as he had lost eighty pounds from a lifestyle that can be considered as far from a healthy description as most can even imagine. Dr. Cass gave his personal outlook and point of view on modern society’s portrayal of health and obesity. With several professionals of our community in attendance, we felt that his message was one not to be ignored. A layman’s portrait of approach and perception cannot be found in textbooks, but only from experience. We were very excited to have the transition from Dr. Pivarnik, the well-decorated professional, to Dr. Cass, the layman of exercise science; so that a diversity of views on Exercise is Medicine could be available to our campus and community.

11: Mayor Mayo said he was "truly inspired" by Dr. Cass' story.

12: March 19, 2011 The 5th Annual Warhawk Triathlon was held on our campus, and completely sold out! We had record numbers join the event and come support the participants. As triathletes from all over Northeast Louisiana were geared up, the 1st Annual Youth Triathlon was also a major success as children, ages 4 to 15, participated in their own version of the triathlon. Parents, friends, faculty, and students all showed up to show their support! It was a full day of competitive fun as everyone was a winner in the achievement of their goals!

14: April 12, 2011 The Student Health Center, Student Affairs, and Department of Recreational Services partnered with ULM Exercise is Medicine to put on a health and fitness fair. Health screenings and fitness assessments were provided to students and faculty at no cost. We provided everything from blood pressure to muscular strength and endurance to HIV testing. The focus of the event was prevention with the title “Healthy Now Equals Healthy Later”!

16: April 12, 2011 We continued to bring the campus and community together. ULM President Dr. Bruno and the Mayor of Monroe, Jamie Mayo, decided to grab a workout session together. They joined students in our Activity Center weight room on campus. They are already following a cardiovascular regimen, and made the choice to incorporate muscular strength into their exercise programs. We’re very excited to have supportive leaders that are leading us to healthier lifestyles by being positive examples for everyone!

17: Bringing the city of Monroe and ULM together through exercise!

18: Our Biggest Supporters! These gentlemen have made it possible to bring the ULM campus and the city of Monroe together in the promotion of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus program. Pictured from left to right: Kinesiology Department Head Dr. Campbell, ULM President Dr. Bruno, Mayor Jamie Mayo

19: May 5, 2011 The ULM Exercise is Medicine on Campus will have its grand finale! The Mayor of Monroe, Jamie Mayo, will proclaim May as Exercise is Medicine Month! After some brief remarks from our mayor and other influential individuals, local school children will join us in some fun. On the field of ULM’s football stadium, we will hold the largest group exercise class ever in our area for anyone wanting to participate. The school children will be accompanied by our undergraduates, faculty, and staff of the university, as well as community leaders and members. As the anticipation has progressively risen, area news media have expressed interest and plan to attend for both coverage and participation!

20: May 5, 2011 ULM Exercise is Medicine on Campus Finale!

22: University of Louisiana at Monroe Exercise is Medicine on Campus Program Our program is comprised of several events and activities throughout the entire semester. The official launch was in January during the second week of the Spring Semester, and the program will continue through the week before finals in May. Each month, there was a different approach to express the Exercise is Medicine principles. Most people in our community feel exercise can only be achieved using a treadmill or lifting weights; we wanted to portray otherwise. January’s launch used inflatable pieces of equipment to bring exercise and fun together. The goal was to show everyone that exercise can be achieved in many ways, and not just by singular modes constantly sequenced in a mundane process requiring total exertion. Each of our sponsors set up a booth to provide relevant information about fitness, gym memberships, and kinesiology professions, with one sponsor, Body Café, serving food. Following the launch, we humbly invited the Chair of Exercise is Medicine on Campus, Dr. Jim Pivarnik, to speak to our students and community members in February on the topics of Exercise is Medicine and its contribution to society, as well as career possibilities in exercise science. He enlightened our minds on the history of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the benefits of being involved in the network community that it provides. Students stayed after the lecture to ask questions about their personal goals and what Dr. Pivarnik and/or ACSM’s position would be on certain hot topics in the exercise science world. To keep the momentum going, we held two events in March. With the word of our program spreading across the campus, we decided to bring in a fresh perspective. During a healthy luncheon provided by one of our sponsors Body Café, Dr. Jeffrey Cass, ULM’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, talked to faculty, staff, and students about his personal journey to a healthy lifestyle. He would be considered a layman with his approach to healthy weight loss and lifestyle. He discussed myths, perceptions, and truths about diet and fitness that he discovered during his own experience. We had wonderful audience participation, as many asked questions about the challenges he faced and how he overcame them. Dr. Cass, a record number of community members, engaged in our next event, the 5th Annual Warhawk Triathlon held on ULM’s campus. The triathlon was filled to capacity weeks before the event was held. Almost 200 adults from all over the region came to participate in a race that tracks through ULM’s campus. With a desire to expand the experience for all of the community, we helped sponsor the 1st Annual Warhawk Youth Triathlon, held immediately after the Warhawk Triathlon. Children, ranging from ages 4 to 15, participated in a length-appropriate triathlon that wound through ULM. Faculty, students, parents, and friends all showed up to watch the 68 participants perform their best. To officially marry health and fitness, we partnered with ULM’s Student Health Center and Department of Recreational Services to put on a health fair focusing on prevention as our April event. Along with health screenings, we provided the fitness assessments for students and faculty across campus. Screenings ranged from HIV testing to a simple blood pressure measurement, or even a body composition assessment.

23: Not only is our success measured by the overwhelming support of our participants, but we have two individuals who have set the ultimate example. ULM’s President, Dr. Nick Bruno, and City of Monroe Mayor, Mr. Jamie Mayo, joined our initiative from the beginning with constant support and participation in any and all Exercise is Medicine events. Both men have gone through fitness testing by Kinesiology’s Human Performance Lab. Dr. Bruno is in the middle of a 12-week exercise program to improve his overall fitness and guide him to a healthier lifestyle. Mayor Mayo has appeared at every event and activity that involves the program. He has verbally expressed his full support and has made an aggressive effort to push the message of Exercise is Medicine across the city. He also is in the process of an 8-week exercise program, which he is striving to complete sufficiently so that the benefits of a healthy lifestyle change can be even more heavily supported. Our grand finale in May will include remarks from Dr. Bruno, Mayor Mayo, Kinesiology Department Head Dr. Wilson Campbell, and other influential members of our community. Mayor Mayo will proclaim the month of May as Exercise is Medicine Month in the city of Monroe. After the ceremony, local school children will join several of our university’s undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff on ULM’s football field for a group exercise class of a size that has not been accomplished in our area before. Group fitness instructors donated by our sponsors, will lead the children in various forms of exercise and aerobic steps. Our goal is simply to portray exercise as fun and refreshing for prolonged health. May signals the end of the semester, but it does not mean the end of Exercise is Medicine on Campus for us. Community fitness programs plans are being made and faculty will continue to work with local schools in their physical education programs. We’ve made appearances on a regional television show, Good Morning ArkLaMiss to promote each of our events and to invite everyone to join us. Press releases sent through our University and campus radio station have spread the word to the entire campus and local community encouraging them to participate. Our local newspapers and radio stations have volunteered to spread the word of Exercise is Medicine and ULM’s campaign. Many of the campus leaders, along with community leaders, have expressed their gratitude and commitment to making the Exercise is Medicine initiative long-term so that the benefits can spread vastly through many populations and generations.

25: We would like to thank our amazing sponsors, ULM President Dr. Bruno, Mayor of Monroe Jamie Mayo, the city of Monroe and West Monroe citizens, and ULM students and faculty campus-wide. All of their support is what made our program so successful. | Exercise is Medicine on Campus is now a part of the University of Louisiana at Monroe...and we're not looking back!

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