Exercise is emphasis of MC community throughout October

Exercise is emphasis of MC community throughout October

Oct. 1, 2018 

Reading a presidential proclamation in the center of campus on Oct. 3, Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart will kick off, officially, Exercise is Medicine ® On Campus (EIM-OC) Awareness Month at the school.

Activities at the 40-minute EIM-OC rally will include explanations of the benefits of exercise by exercise science faculty, coaches and students, as well as music, yard games and a free outdoor cardio hip-hop class. Prizes will be awarded to the first 100 people who arrive at the event.

“We are encouraging the campus community to be more active,” explained Dr. Jeremy Steeves, assistant professor of exercise science. “The benefits of regular physical activity have indisputable positive effects on our health and our society. With Exercise is Medicine® on Campus, we’re trying to have physical activity institutionalized.”

This year marks the second consecutive year the College has emphasized exercise during the month of October as part of the EIM-OC initiative. Backed by the American College of Sports Medicine, the global initiative “encourages faculty, staff and students to work together to improve 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, and connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription,” according to the organization’s website.

Last year, the College celebrated its registration as an EIM-OC school. Within six months, it had earned gold-level status within the program – one of only 43 schools worldwide and one of only three schools in Tennessee to do so.

During the month of October, the campus community will be asked to participate in the #MCScotsMove campaign on Instagram, the Pumpkin Run 5K and Stroller-Friendly Walk and various fitness classes, including Zumba, cardio hip-hop and yoga.

Mountain Challenge, the outdoor adventure and team-building corporation operating on the Maryville College campus, is offering fitness opportunities through its weekly on-campus “Camp 4” program and off-campus trips to hike, spelunk and rock climb.

In preparation for Homecoming, members of the College’s KINESIS Club and Fit. Green. Happy. ® initiative will offer pre-tailgating EIM-OC lawn games and music from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Wed., Oct. 24, in Humphreys Court.

For more information, visit the MC website.

Pumpkin Run open to the public

Sponsored by the KINESIS Club and Fit. Green. Happy. ® initiative, the second annual Pumpkin Run 5K and Stroller Friendly Walk through Maryville College Woods and around campus will be held at 10 a.m., Sat., Oct 20 and is open to the public.

Special pricing will be offered for all first-time 5K racers who pre-register online ($5). Pre-race registration and day-of-race registration is $25. Maryville College students can race for $8. (Use code MCSTUDENT when signing up.) Registration includes a T-shirt, water and snacks on site and the race itself, which will be stopwatch timed.

The race starts and ends at Crawford House. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. Race participants will have access to the Mountain Challenge Alpine Tower for climbing from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Race and registration details are posted online.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.