Exercise is Medicine.
There is no magic pill, except the kind that you see depicted in the image below.
Exercise is Medicine is a global initiative that was created by the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. In a nutshell, they want doctors to recognize physical activity as a vital sign. So next time you visit the doctor, don’t be surprised if you are quizzed on the amount of physical activity you are doing.
The value of this overarching message is everywhere around us. At the community college, it can be seen at every level of learning and it impacts every single one of us. A healthy employee and a healthy student is the best recipe for college success.
Teaching: As faculty, are we taking the time to look after ourselves so we can serve our students at our optimal ability? SPICES stands for social, physical, intellectual, career, emotional, and spiritual wellness. This is an ongoing journey, not a destination.
Learning: Students who engage in regular physical activity will benefit from improved selective visual attention (SVA), which experts agree is the key to learning.
Student Success: Regular participation in physical activity is a determinant of student success. There are literally thousands of studies on this topic.
Trend Toward Inactivity in the Workplace: When we add online teaching and learning to our list of responsibilities, the amount of sitting time increases exponentially. In 1950, 30% of Americans worked in high-activity occupations. By 2000, only 22% worked in high-activity occupations. Conversely, the percentage of people working in low-activity occupations rose from about 23 to 41%.
Check out this infographic on Sitting is Killing You to see why inactivity is a concern for your overall health.
Do you believe exercise is important? Please take the following survey. The results will be shared in next week’s blog post. Survey: My Benefits of Physical Activity.
See you next week!