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Active workspaces

Active Workspaces is a student-led, multi-departmental initiative designed to increase opportunities for movement throughout campus. Use these spaces to move while you work or take a movement break to boost productivity, focus, energy and health.

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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.

Background

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. 

One Solution

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 WVU.

Want to stimulate your studying?

Visit our Active Workspaces:

Active Study Room picture with mat, ball/chair and fitness poster and wipes

Downtown Library Active Study Room Lower Level — 100A

Includes yoga mat, yoga ball/chair, fitness poster and wipes.

Active Study Room picture with mat, ball/chair and fitness poster and wipes

Downtown Library Active Study Room Lower Level — 100B

Includes yoga mat, yoga ball/chair, fitness poster and wipes.

Active Study Room picture with bike and fitness poster and wipes

Downtown Library Active Study Room Lower Level — 100C

Includes a spin bike, fitness poster with instructions, and wipes.

Active Study Room picture with mat, ball/chair and fitness poster and wipes

Downtown Library Active Study Room Lower Level — 100D

Includes a spin bike, fitness poster with instructions, and wipes.

Coming soon: Downtown Library Active Workspace

Active Workspace Posters

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Active Study Room Poster 

Includes yoga mat & fitness ball
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Active Workspace Bike Poster Thumbnail

Active Workspace Bike Poster

Includes spin bike
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Active Workspaces Poster

Includes locations, QR codes of active workspaces
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