The Health and Fitness Center was cited in Longwood’s gold award from Exercise is Medicine.

LONGWOOD’S EFFORTS to create a healthier campus have received top honors in a worldwide assessment—an achievement just 54 other universities can boast.

In the 2019 Exercise is Medicine awards, Longwood was named a gold level designee thanks to its unique partnership among Campus Recreation, Counseling and Psychological Services and the University Health Center. The designation marks the university’s commitment to assessing physical activity, hosting monthly wellness events and organizing a variety of fitness classes.

“I was ecstatic to hear that Longwood received gold status during the first year we have been part of this program,” said Alina Cioletti, assistant director of fitness and wellness, who gave much of the credit for the recognition to “the hard work our Student Wellness Ambassadors, the partnerships we’ve made on campus and the collaborations we’ve had with other departments.”

Longwood is one of only 139 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by Exercise is Medicine, a program co-founded by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association to promote physical activity and its importance in optimal health.

Longwood’s variety of fitness classes and workshops, bike rental program, monthly wellness events and free sessions with a personal trainer for students were key elements leading to the award.

Of the 139 campuses recognized this year, 55 received gold, 56 silver and 28 bronze. All honorees were officially recognized in May as part of the 2019 Exercise is Medicine World Congress, held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting.

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