Exercise is Medicine, a program of the American College of Sports Medicine, has named Pitt-Bradford a bronze campus.
Dr. Mark Kelley, assistant professor of exercise science, accepted the award at the Exercise is Medicine recognition program at the ACSM's annual meeting in Minneapolis.
The Exercise is Medicine on Campus program encourages universities to promote physical activity and health by making movement a part of daily campus culture.
Pitt-Bradford began its program last year and marked Exercise is Medicine on Campus Month in October with a week of daily lunchtime challenges for the entire college community.
For example, students, faculty, staff and even visitors did a total of 10,000 step-ups during the course of an afternoon. Other challenges involved push-ups and walking laps in the Bromeley Quadrangle.
“I am very honored and excited to have received the bronze award in our first year of being recognized as an Exercise is Medicine on Campus university,” Kelley said.
“Being one of only 88 universities across the country to receive either gold, silver, or bronze status is a credit to the Pitt Bradford community and their commitment to health and physical activity.
We are currently planning our second annual Exercise is Medicine on Campus month this October. Some of the ideas we are considering are a presidential proclamation, a 5k run/walk, a mascot challenge, and a dog walking event -- all with the goal of increasing physical activity on campus.”