Buzzing to Victory! Shenandoah University Wins 2019 Exercise is Medicine On Campus Mascot Challenge

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Buzzing to Victory! Shenandoah University Wins 2019 Exercise is Medicine On Campus Mascot Challenge

Oct. 23, 2019

Hornets take home top prize for excellent video

EIMOC 2019 Mascot Challenge Winner

Now in its third year, the Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) Mascot Challenge named Shenandoah University as its champion.

Launched in October of 2017, the EIM-OC Mascot Challenge focuses on the celebration of EIM On Campus Month. Each registered campus is invited to submit a creative video of its mascot promoting physical activity among students, faculty and staff on campus. This year, a record 31 campus submitted entries.

The videos were judged by a panel of seven Exercise is Medicine committee members and were scored on several aspects, including clear communication of the EIM-OC mission, originality and overall entertainment value.

As the winner, Shenandoah University will receive a $1,000 grant to develop an EIM-OC event or program on campus.

Runners-up in the judging will also receive monetary awards. The judging panel awarded second place to The University of Connecticut and third place to the University of South Carolina - Aiken

In addition to the panel of judges, all 31 videos were eligible for the Fan Favorite award. The winner was determined through a voting system on YouTube, where all videos were uploaded into a single playlist on the American College of Sports Medicine channel.

The winner of the Fan Favorite award, with more than 1,000 votes, was Lone Star College-CyFair. In second place was Republic Polytechnic, and Grand Canyon University was named the third-place winner. All three schools will also receive small grants for their EIM-OC programs.

All 31 video submissions are available for viewing on YouTube.


About Exercise is Medicine On Campus 

Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) calls upon universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community by:

  • Making movement a part of the daily campus culture

  • Assessing physical activity at every student health visit

  • Providing students with the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime

  • Connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription.