About Exercise is Medicine on Campus
Launched by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a global health initiative encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients. We are committed to the belief that physical activity is integral in the prevention and treatment of diseases and should be regularly assessed and “treated” as part of all medical care.
Physical inactivity is a fast-growing public health problem and contributes to a variety of chronic diseases and health complications, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, depression and anxiety, arthritis, and osteoporosis. In addition to improving a patient’s overall health, increasing physical activity has proven effective in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases.
The initial purpose of EIM was to make the scientifically proven benefits of physical activity the standard in the healthcare system. Within two years of its launch, representatives from international public health, medical and scientific associations asked ACSM to expand its initial scope beyond the United States and begin a multinational collaboration to make EIM a global effort, which has also reached Hong Kong as well as The University of Hong Kong.
Exercise is Medicine on Campus calls upon universities and colleges to become engaged in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health; the EIM Solution. The Center for Sports and Exercise within the University of Hong Kong aims to link clinical researches to the community in combating today’s most common chronic conditions through physical activity. The university setting is seen as a microcosm that can help bring both together in accomplishing this goal. Providing opportunities for physical activity, creating a culture on campus that embraces movement as a daily facet of life, and providing the behavioural tools necessary to enact that change are key to facilitating lifelong physical activity habits and meeting public health goals.
Being the first Asian University awarded with the Gold EIM on Campus Recognition, The University of Hong Kong encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community. This “EIM Gold Level Campus” Award is in recognition of the work done by HKU staff especially those within the Center for Sports and Exercise and the University Health Service (UHS) to coordinate the extensive promotion of a healthy campus at HKU. This award validates the efforts made to encourage more staff and students to obtain the healthy benefits of a regularly active lifestyle through multiple promotional activities including provision of suitable recreational opportunities, access to a range of recreational equipment/facilities, and the combined encouraging support of both medical staff during patient consultations as well as promotional talks/material by the UHS and CSE staff.
The HKU Center for Sports and Exercise (CSE), is charged with enhancing sport, recreation, and health and fitness amongst our student and staff populations. While one of our major focuses at CSE is on sport and athlete development, another part of our mission is to provide more and better exercise, health, and physical activity opportunities for students and staff of all fitness standards and abilities.
Physical inactivity is a modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease and a widening variety of other chronic diseases, including diabetes mellitus, cancer (colon and breast), obesity, hypertension, bone and joint diseases (osteoporosis and osteoarthritis). The benefits of physical activity are not limited to just physical improvements. Routine physical activity is also associated with improved psychological well-being (e.g., through reduced stress, anxiety and depression).