Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Perlis Branch has received a gold recognition for its ‘Exercise Is Medicine on Campus’ (EIM-OC) 2020 program from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). This recognition is attained a year after UiTM Perlis was awarded a silver campus recognition in 2019. ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world with more than 50,000 members and certified professionals dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise in science and sports medicine.
EIM-OC is a program designed for universities and colleges to promote physical activity towards better health and well-being. It encourages staff and students to work together towards improving the health and well-being of the university community with a mission to foster collaborative relationships and leadership on campus between exercise, health, and other disciplines that support the EIM-OC vision and goals.
The groundwork for EIM-OC began in early 2019, led by the Head of Study Centre of FSR, UiTM Perlis Branch, Dr Ahmad Fikri bin Mohd Kassim. EIM-OC comes under the auspices of the society of ‘Exercise is Medicine Malaysia’(EIMM). UiTM Perlis has four EIM-OC credentials level 1 certified lecturers namely, Mohd Faridz Ahmad, Siti Jameelah Japilus, Nurul Hidayah Amir, and Nurul Afiqah Bakar.
Throughout 2019, the Faculty of Sports Science and Recreation (FSR) UiTM Perlis Branch has organized multiple programs involving the university community including outdoor recreation, sports events, and seminars/workshops via hands-on and experiential learning. These activities to a large extent have helped the students to realize the importance of exercise, health, and its relationship to academic success.
The gold certification is a testament to UiTM’s commitment to its community’s health and well -being. In addition to enhancing the visibility of UiTM Perlis, it also has value-added in FSR program accreditation. With this certificate, it is hoped that graduates will have better employability opportunities and career demands as administrators, health and fitness operators or managers in various sports health and fitness sectors.