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Penn State’s Exercise is Medicine on Campus program has received gold level status from the American College of Sports Medicine. Penn State is among 60 colleges and universities that will be recognized for their EIMOC programs. The awards will be given as part of the 2017 Exercise is Medicine World Congress, held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting on May 31.


Penn State is offering students new study-abroad opportunities in Sweden and Denmark. Students can now study with DIS, a reputable provider of study-abroad programs, at either its Stockholm or Copenhagen location. DIS Copenhagen offers 24 academic programs and DIS Stockholm offers seven. The programs might be particularly beneficial to students in the College of Health and Human Development as it offers coursework directly related to such majors.


Students who took Total Golf this semester were encouraged to learn the skills of the game, while also learning skills that can be used throughout life.


Eighty-three students from across Penn State’s campuses will each be awarded a $3,500 Erickson Discovery Grant for summer 2017 through the Office of Undergraduate Education. The students will use the funds to immerse themselves in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a faculty member.


The Exercise is Medicine program at Penn State Berks has been recognized as a silver-level program by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the organization that originated the Exercise is Medicine global initiative.


Gabrielle Matarazzo, daughter of Laura and John Matarazzo, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, will be the Health and Human Development college marshal for the spring 2017 commencement ceremony on May 6.


Ten Penn State graduate students received the 2017 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.


Recognizing a growing desire among current and prospective students as well as strong market demand, Penn State Altoona will offer the kinesiology major, with options in both movement science and exercise science, starting with the fall 2017 semester.


Lise Gauvin, professor and vice dean of research at the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal, will present the lecture “Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Across Urban Contexts: Examples from Natural Experiments and Population-Based Surveys” from 3:05 to 4:20 p.m. April 20 in 110 Henderson Building on Penn State's University Park campus.


Is it possible for people to become addicted to exercise? In a culture where 70 percent of the population is overweight or obese, and yet only 15 percent exercise regularly enough to gain health benefits, why should anyone bother to study people who may exercise too much and produce detrimental consequences?


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