You can learn more details about our program in this article published in Evaluation and Program Planning.
This video highlights some of the elements of our program and our plans for the future!
- EIM on Campus Week
- Every year in October, Kinesiology students and faculty spend a week setting up exercise sites around University Park campus to engage the campus community in exercise and general physical fitness. Each day of EIM week we set up our exercise site at a different location on campus, including Willard building, Thomas building, Palmer Art Museum, East Halls, and the Library. Our exercise sites include gym mats, exercise bikes, medicine balls, gymnic balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, footballs, and other fitness equipment to attract a broad range of student populations. Incentives to participate include free pedometers, t-shirts, frisbees, and water bottles. Participants are also asked to complete surveys in order for us to glean meaningful statistics about physical fitness patterns across our student population. The Kines Club also walks in the homecoming parade, handing out pedometers and information about EIM week.
- Deans Walk
- We are excited to have extraordinary support from the College of Health and Human Development’s Dean Crouter. Dean Crouter has helped us launch EIM on Campus week every year since 2013, leading 100+ administrators, faculty, staff, students and special guests (like the Nittany Lion!) on a walk around campus to get everyone inspired for EIM week.
- Partnership with University Health Services
- To align with the EIM initiative, we have a great working relationship with the University Health Services. Thanks to efforts from our EIM team, UHS started including the physical activity vital sign in their preliminary screenings in Spring 2017. There are also referral networks to get patients the assistance they need to become active and meet their recommended activity levels.
- Freshman Seminar Presentations
- Penn State EIM coordinates with freshman seminar courses to bring senior Kinesiology students to their classes to give a presentation about being active and healthy. The presentation gives the students reasons for being active in college, how to get started, how to stay active, and the many resources on campus to do so.
- Point of Decision Prompts
- Posted inside buildings around campus, you will find posters on the walls in locations where viewers must make a decision. An example is the decision of whether to take the elevator or to take the stairs. The posters have various designs to convince people to take the active route, whether it’s for their own health or for the health of the environment.
- Social Media
- Mobile EIM
- We take our EIM program on the road! We have visited multiple commonwealth campuses within the Penn State system, as well as other communities.