VSU earns gold status with exercise science program

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta State University is working to keep not only its students healthy but the community as well.

The health focus is a part of the global initiative called "Exercise is Medicine," which is geared toward research, health plans and providing the community with an array of options when it comes to staying on top of one's health.

Healthy People 20/20 said people should do 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, but only 22 percent of college students are meeting that standard.

VSU has built trails and provided different equipment to help increase that percentage.

"By incorporating 'Exercise is Medicine' on campus we can reach the students directly and really encourage them to incorporate that physical activity in their own daily lives," said Sarah Fretti, wellness director.

The VSU exercise science program received accreditation and its human performance lab is offering assessments to the community for a low cost.

The university earned gold status, the highest recognition, for meeting all of the steps for "Exercise is Medicine."

VSU is one of 40 schools in the nation to reach gold status.

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