BGSU named Exercise is Medicine Gold Campus

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By Cassidy Burger '21, Public Relations Major

Bowling Green State University has been recognized as an "Exercise is Medicine Gold Campus" for its commitment to the the physical and mental well-being of students, faculty and staff through physical activity.

Universities are recognized as a bronze, silver or gold level university based on their efforts in creating a healthy environment, both physically and mentally, for its campus community.

BGSU earned the top-level recognition because of its exercise referral program through the Falcon Health Center. The program allows students pursuing a career in exercise science to have the opportunity to work with real patients and apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-life situations.

“This recognition reflect's BGSU's commitment to integrating fitness and physical activity into our campus culture," said Karyn Smith, health educator for the Recreation and Wellness Center. "As mental health awareness increases across the nation, BGSU is implementing physical activity interventions to help not only physical well-being, but also emotional health."BGSU hopes to incorporate more departments in the future.

“By bringing in other areas of campus, students gain valuable experience," said Dr. Jessica Kiss, assistant teaching professor and laboratory coordinator. "We've already seen the benefits for teams from the health center, campus recreation and exercise science. We're excited to expand those opportunities.”

BGSU will reapply to be recognized as an Exercise is Medicine Gold Campus again in January of next year.