The University of Minnesota Crookston is one of only 158 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by Exercise is Medicine® for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. Crookston’s EIM-OC activities helped earn bronze level designation from the Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) program.

“With the focus of EIM, it has pushed us to more activities,” explains Kolby Castillo, assistant athletic director of facilities/events and director of the Wellness Center. “We are doing a yoga class for faculty, staff and all of campus, plus we’re working on bringing in more instructors to teach various classes.”

Other EIM-OC related activities at UMN Crookston include Zumba, H.I.I.T. and more popular classes. The Wellness Center has also added QR codes on all exercise machines to help show people how to use them.

“We are thrilled to recognize these campuses’ commitment to make movement a part of daily campus culture and give students the tools to cultivate physical activity habits that will benefit them throughout their lives,” said Robyn Stuhr, Vice President of Exercise is Medicine. “These campus programs are nurturing future leaders who will advance a key tenet of Exercise is Medicine: making physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in health care.”

Of the 158 campuses recognized this year, 73 received gold, 60 silver and 23 bronze. All gold, silver and bronze universities and colleges were officially recognized on June 1 as part of the 2022 Exercise is Medicine World Congress, held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting.

EIM-OC calls upon universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health and encourages faculty, staff and students to work together to improve the health and well-being of the campus community. For more information, visit


Photo caption: Assistant Professor Anita Gust accepts UMN Crookston's recognition certificate at the May conference in San Diego