Exercise is Medicine

Background image: someone working out at home, shows laptop on ground with weights and the person using a fitness band

Your prescription for physical movement!

Do you walk in your neighborhood? Bike? Walk to the store? Dance? Do household chores? Engage in solo or partnered sexual activity? Every little bit helps.

Whether you’re new to physical activity or want to build upon what you already do, Exercise is Medicine is here to help! 

About the Exercise is Medicine Program

What is Exercise is Medicine? 

It’s a collaborative effort between UHS, Rec Sports, School of Public Health, and the Dept. of Phys Ed, that aims to reduce your barriers to physical activity, help you explore the many available programs on campus, and support your engagement in physical activities of your choice to improve your mental health, physical health, and wellbeing. 

Why physical activity? 

There is clear evidence that engaging in regular physical activity benefits mood, aids sleep, reduces academic stress, helps treat chronic disease, bolsters immune response to illnesses, and reduces the symptoms and severity of depression and anxiety. Beginning or maintaining an active routine during a remote school year can help students struggling with isolation and stress.

What does the program include?

  • Orientation to virtual physical activity resources on campus 

  • 1-to-1 Health Coaching

  • Appointments  with a personal trainer and health coach to ask questions

How to Join

If you’re a UHS clinician who would like to refer a student:

  • Send a secure message to Summer Jackson from Health Promotion in PnC to let her know you have an interested student and she will contact the student directly.

If you’ve been referred by a UHS clinician:

  • Expect a secure message from your health coach for follow up.

If you’re interested self referring to the program:


Related Resources

  • Resources from our Physical Therapy Team
    • Videos, Links to free Exercise resources on campus and off
  • Drop-In Nutrition Counseling
    • Free, virtual drop-in with Registered Dietitians. 
    • Ask them any nutrition questions! Curious about what to eat before or after a workout? Or what to eat for building muscle? They're ready to answer all your questions!

Class Drop-In Schedule

Explore options available to start or renew physical activity, including 10 minute beginner workouts with a personal trainer and health coach who are ready to answer your questions to help you get started.

Exercise is Medicine - October Calendar

Exercise is Medicine Schedule from RSF

New To Fitness Workshop

10 Minute Workout + Q&A with Rec Sports, Physical Therapy, and Health Coaching

October 5th, 14th, 23rd, and 26th at 12pm PDT
New to Fitness Zoom Link

This class is special to the Exercise is Medicine month! This October, join us for this New to Fitness class! We will have an engaging warm-up, fun structured workout, and relaxing cool down with stretching. Even if you're capable of more than 10 minutes of exercise, use this as a break from your daily routine to take time to move and enjoy yourself.

We will help you gradually increase your frequency and duration of physical activity until you are capable of performing 10 minutes of continuous exercise.

Once we’ve achieved the goal of 10 minutes of light workout in the first two weeks of class we will increase to 20 minus of continuous exercise in the final two weeks.

After class we will have a Q&A with Rec Sports and University Health Services staff to answer questions and provide resources for Health and Wellness, Health Coaching, and Physical Therapy.