Penn State Berks joins Exercise Is Medicine Week

The Penn State Berks Kinesiology Department is hosting a walk to support Exercise Is Medicine Week, October 12?16, 2015.

On Monday, October 12, 2015, Chancellor R. Keith Hillkirk will lead a 20-minute walk through Penn State Berks to kick-off the campus? activities. The walk will be held in conjunction with the Exercise Is Medicine walk at University Park campus, also on Oct. 12, led by Ann C. Crouter, Dean of the Penn State College of Health and Human Development.

Penn State Berks has implemented several other initiatives for the campus community, including a new program called ?Walk with a Kinesiologist? in an effort to transform the campus into a ?walkable community.? Kinesiology faculty members take turns leading daily 20-minute walks on campus, meeting at 12 noon on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and at 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. In addition, upperclassmen in the Kinesiology degree program serve as personal trainers to faculty and staff who sign up for the program and have a physician?s release to participate.

Exercise is Medicine is a global initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine. Exercise is Medicine on Campus calls upon universities and colleges to establish physical activity promotion as a vital sign for health. It encourages making movement as a part of the daily campus culture and providing students with the tools necessary to engage in lifelong physical activity.

Penn State Berks offers the bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology with the exercise science option. For more information about Exercise Is Medicine Week, contact Helen Hartman, senior lecturer in Kinesiology, at [email protected] or 610-396-6201. For more information about the Penn State Berks B.S. in Kinesiology degree, contact Ben Infantolino, assistant professor in Kinesiology, at [email protected] or 610-396-6153.