Move for your body and mind
Americans sit over 8 hours daily, and almost 80 percent do not get enough exercise, recommended at 150 minutes weekly. Both sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity are linked to mortality and cardiovascular disease.
Studies show participants in campus recreation have higher academic outcomes, as well as health and wellness benefits. Specifically, at WVU, findings show 8 percentage points higher first year retention (and 0.35 points higher GPA) for weekly recreation facility users -- and up to 12 percentage points higher for those weekly users with drop out risk. Benchmarking indicates WVU is 19th percentile of active space per student. In addition, heat maps show first-time undergrads are 2.5 times more likely to use the SRC if they live in Evansdale.
In Spring 2020, a Student Government Association (SGA) resolution
was passed to increase opportunities for movement throughout campus, including active study rooms, bike desks, and making stairways more appealing.
The pandemic stalled efforts, but in Fall 2022 the initiative resumed with SGA in collaboration with Campus Recreation, WellWVU,
Interior Design and WVU Libraries. SGA seeks to expand active workspaces throughout