Below you’ll find information and ideas about what NIRSA member institutions are doing around health and wellbeing promotion programming and special events, along with details about related resource investment.
The NIRSA Assembly has compiled here a wide range of ideas and unique programs that can be implemented or adapted at your institution.
The events and program examples have been grouped into four sections: low or no cost special events, smaller programs, larger programs, and programs that extend beyond campus.
Exercise Is Medicine (EIM)
ACSM and AMA
In 2007, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA) co-launched Exercise Iis Medicine® (EIM) – a United States-based health initiative that has since been coordinated by ACSM. The purpose of EIM is to make physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in clinical care, connecting health care with evidence-based physical activity resources for people everywhere of all abilities. The scientifically proven benefits of physical activity remain indisputable, and they can be as powerful as any pharmaceutical in preventing and treating a range of chronic diseases and medical conditions.
Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community by:
- Making movement a part of the daily campus culture
- Assessing physical activity at every student health visit
- Providing students with the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime
- Connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription.
American College Health Association
Healthy People 2020 is a set of nearly 600 evidence-based national health objectives spanning 42 topic areas that were written with the goal of improving the health of all Americans over the next 10 years. The American College Health Association convened the Healthy Campus Coalition, a multidisciplinary team that worked to determine the Healthy People objectives most relevant to the campus community and provide a national, campus-focused data source that can be used to measure, track, and benchmark. Topic areas and objectives were selected, and a comprehensive set of evidence-based tools and resources were adapted from Healthy People 2020 to support Healthy Campus 2020 efforts.
Healthy Minds, Healthy Campuses
Canadian Mental Health Association
Co-led by the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division and the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses (HM | HC) is a vibrant province-wide community of practice that engages students, campus professionals, faculty, administrators, and community partners. This initiative facilitates creative and collaborative learning opportunities to build capacity in campus mental wellness and healthier relationships with substances. For over a decade we have worked with campus stakeholders to bring research and theory into practice and inspire innovation toward systemic, sustainable change with the ultimate goal of fostering conditions that enhance student wellbeing and learning.
SNAP-Ed – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education
United States Government
SNAP-Ed is an evidence-based program that helps people lead healthier lives. SNAP-Ed teaches people using or eligible for SNAP about good nutrition and how to make their food dollars stretch further. SNAP-Ed participants also learn to be physically active.