Andrews University recognized again for campus wellness efforts

Judith Fisher, director of the counseling and testing center at Andrews University, center, accepts the EIM On Campus 2019 Gold Campus recognition certificate in Orlando, Fla.

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Andrews University was one of 139 universities and colleges around the world to be honored recently by Exercise is Medicine for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus.

For the fourth year in a row, Andrews has earned gold level designation from the Exercise is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) program.

“I am incredibly grateful to the entire wellness team at Andrews University for supporting the efforts to make physical activity a priority in our institutional setting,” Dominique Gummelt, director for university wellness at Andrews, said in a news release. “The culture here has been changing to embrace movement as part of our identity during employee and student gatherings and events. In particular, I would like to express my gratitude to the counseling and testing center, whose team has worked diligently to integrate physical activity into their treatment plans, recognizing the power of movement being medicine.”

Andrews launched its official wellness campaign in 2015. Physical activity has been a particular area of emphasis.

Of the 139 campuses recognized this year, 55 received gold, 56 silver and 28 bronze. All universities and colleges were recognized in May as part of the 2019 Exercise is Medicine World Congress, held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting.

The American College of Sports Medicine co-launched Exercise is Medicine in 2007 with the American Medical Association.

EIM-OC calls upon universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health, and encourages faculty, staff and students to work together to improve the health and well-being of the campus community.

EIM-OC started its recognition program in 2014 to honor campuses for their efforts to create a culture of wellness.

Gold level campuses have created a referral system where campus health care providers assess student physical activity and refer students as necessary to a certified fitness professional as part of medical treatment.

Silver campuses engage students, faculty and staff in education initiatives and make movement part of the daily campus culture, while bronze level campuses promote and generate awareness of the health benefits of physical activity.

To find a complete list of recognized schools, visit exerciseismedicine.org.