Introduction

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.

Introduction

With this in mind the CSE, with the collaborative support of the University Health Services, is promoting Exercise is Medicine on Campus month, which is a worldwide initiative that calls upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health in the month of May.  We believe that physical activity is integral to the health and wellbeing of HKU and we encourage more staff and students to obtain the healthy benefits of a regularly active lifestyle. Come and celebrate the Exercise is Medicine month with us at the University of Hong Kong.

We hope you enjoy our activities and that the Exercise is Medicine month can continue to be a healthy and active academic year for everyone.

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About Exercise is Medicine on Campus

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.

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Benefits of a physically active lifestyle

Benefits of a physically active lifestyle

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).

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