Exercise is Medicine on Campus Partners

Department of Kinesiology and Health

Student Health

Recreation Services


Mission: The mission of EIM at Rutgers University, New Brunswick is to foster collaborative leadership on campus through the promotion of well-being through exercise and physical activity.

Vision: The vision of EIM at Rutgers University, New Brunswick is to see leaders across multiple disciplines promote, support, and engage the campus community in the value and participation of exercise as a medicine for chronic disease prevention and management.

EIM-OC at Rutgers, New Brunswick Steps to Better Health:

What if you could get a prescription to elevate your mood, manage your weight, prevent disease, and help prevent chronic pain?

Would you contact Rutgers Health Services and ask for the prescription?

Now you can and the prescription is Exercise!

  1. Visit a Rutgers Student Health Center where a provider will ask you about your exercise habits and will refer you if over the last three months, you have not regularly performed physical activity for at least 30 minutes, three days/week at a moderate intensity* level. (*Moderate intensity activity causes noticeable increases in heart rate and breathing such as walking at a brisk pace).
  2. Bring your referral to the Rec Center front desk.
  3. Our EIM-OC Coach will contact you about setting up your first appointment.  This is FREE to you.
  4. Work with your EIM-OC Coach for the whole semester, or for a couple of weeks.  It is up to you. You and your Coach will determine the best schedule to meet your goals.

Rutgers Recreation, The Department of Kinesiology and Health, and Rutgers Student Health collaborate to bring you this program. 

Ask your Rutgers Student Health Care Provider for a referral today!

Benefits of Physical Activity to you:

Regular physical activity at the correct intensity is scientifically proven to reduce health risks for a number of chronic diseases.

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease by 40%
  • Reduces incidences of diabetes by about 50%
  • Reduces incidences of high blood pressure by about 50%
  • Reduces the risk of different types of cancers by 40-60%
    • Colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer
  • Reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by ⅓
  • Reduces levels of depression as effectively as medication and behavioral therapy

FIT Fact

4th leading cause of death globally: Physical Inactivity


Rutgers University has been recognized as a Gold Campus for its commitment to create a culture of wellness on campus and establish physical activity as a vital sign, linking health care and fitness professionals to provide a referral system for exercise prescription. View the certificate!

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