Exercise is Medicine

In continuation of Joliet Junior College’s involvement with the national Exercise is Medicine on Campus initiative the college’s Natural Sciences and Physical Education Department will hold a series of health and wellness presentations throughout the 2011-2012 academic year.
Led by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), JJC kicked off the initiative last September with a series of physical activities and demonstrations, including Zumba, Butts and Guts, kickboxing, Pilates, step aerobics, and Boot Camp.
This year, in conjunction with the college’s library, four to six sessions will be held.
Topics will include: overview of the Exercise is Medicine initiative and its relationship to the seven dimensions of wellness, women’s health, social media and its role in health and wellness, body image in the media and advertising, sleep and the correlation in obesity, exercise with pets, and music and exercise.
The goal of the initiative is to encourage JJC students, faculty, staff and the community to view physical activity as an integral component in the prevention and treatment of diseases and chronic illnesses says David Opon, JJC physical education professor.
This year, the initiative will shift its focus from physical demonstrations to informative sessions.
“While the demonstrations were fun, many people are not comfortable exercising in front of a crowd,” says Opon.  “The goal … is to expand the scope of Exercise is Medicine.  We want to show just how much physical activity overlaps our daily routines.”
In addition to the college’s participation in the initiative, Opon has created two health and wellness podcasts, which can be found on the college’s webpage at www.jjc.edu.
For more information about JJC’s Exercise is Medicine on Campus sessions, contact David Opon at (815) 280-2853 or dopon@jjc.edu.

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