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SCC Recognized for Efforts to Create Culture of Wellness on Campus

Shelby Basinger poses for a photo inside a Health and Fitness Science classroom.

Shelby Basinger, coordinator of the Health and Fitness Science program at Sandhills.

Sandhills Community College is one of only 166 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine® initiative for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. Campus-wide initiatives focused on physical activity and health at the College helped Sandhills earn bronze level designation from the Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) program.

“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.”

“This distinction wouldn’t be possible without the collaborative efforts of the faculty and students in the Health and Fitness Science program, the Physical Education Department, Student Life, and the faculty, staff, and administration who have supported our efforts to make physical activity, exercise, and wellness a priority on campus,” stated Shelby Basinger, coordinator of the Health and Fitness Science program at Sandhills.

Notable initiatives that helped SCC reach Bronze status included the annual Flyers Fun Rock & Run 5K event, a campus-wide Health and Wellness Fair, intramural sports activities, and free personal training and fitness classes led by students in the Health and Fitness Science program.

Of the 166 campuses recognized this year, 77 received gold, 62 silver and 27 bronze. All gold, silver and bronze universities and colleges will be officially recognized on May 27 as part of the 11th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, held in conjunction with ACSM’s 67th 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.

EIM-OC launched its recognition program in 2014 to honor campuses for their efforts to create a culture of wellness. Schools earn gold, silver or bronze status based on their activities. Gold level campuses have created a referral system where campus health care providers assess student physical activity and refer students as necessary to a certified fitness professional as part of medical treatment. Silver campuses engage students, faculty and staff in education initiatives and make movement part of the daily campus culture while bronze level campuses promote and generate awareness of the health benefits of physical activity.

About Exercise Is Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) co-launched Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) in 2007 with the American Medical Association. ACSM continues to manage the global health initiative, which seeks to make physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in clinical care, connecting health care with evidence-based physical activity resources for people everywhere of all abilities. EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity promotes optimal health, is integral in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions and should be regularly assessed and included as part of health care. Visit for additional information.

The American College of Sports Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. More details at

The SCC Health and Fitness Science Program

The Health and Fitness Science program at Sandhills is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the fitness and exercise industry. An Associate in Applied Science degree or a certificate can be earned.

Graduates have found employment in commercial fitness clubs, YMCA’s/YWCA’s, wellness programs in business and industry, Parks & Recreation Departments and other organizations that implement exercise and fitness programs.

For more information, contact Shelby Basinger at (910) 246-4961 or

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