Exercise is Medicine

About the Initiative


Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff, and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community by:

  • Making movement a part of the daily campus culture.
  • Assessing physical activity at every student health visit.
  • Providing students, with the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime.
  • Connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescriptions.

EIM-OC at Illinois


EIM On Campus (EIM-OC) honors campuses for their participation and engagement. Schools earn gold, silver or bronze status based on their activities related to physical activity promotion, education and EIM integration into campus health services.

  • 2023 Gold Level Recognition Award
  • 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 (plus a COVID Recognition Badge), and 2022 Gold Level Recognition Award

Current EIM-Registered Schools


EIM on Campus

Upcoming Events

Chancellor Proclamation 2023

October is Exercise is Medicine Month on Campus! To honor this, the Chancellor made an official proclamation to officially recognize this event:

Mascot Challenge

2023 Submission

As a participant in Exercise is Medicine On Campus(EIM-OC), which calls upon universities to promote physical activity, the University of Illinois has entered the Mascot Challenge. Universities were tasked with creating a video exemplifying the theme "Together We Move." Watch Campus Rex and Buddy learn about the importance of being active!


2019 Submission

2020 Submission

Committee Members 2023-2024


Chair: Nicholas Burd, Ph.D., Kinesiology and Community Health

Felicia Burton, Campus Recreation

Devanshi Bhadola (Graduate Student Representative)

Billy Braid, (Undergraduate Student Representative)

Alana Harris, Ph.D, Campus Recreation

Kristin Manzi, the Counseling Center

Jack Senefeld, Ph.D., Kinesiology and Community Health

Emerson Sebastiao, Ph.D., Kinesiology and Community Health

Michelle Haselhorst, McKinley Health Center

Jared Willard, MD, Christie Clinic

Annie Tigranyan (Carle Illinois College of Medicine Student Representative)