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How to Participate in the UIC Exercise is Medicine Program: Step by Step

Step 1: Get a Referral

Obtain a referral from University Health Services, UI Health,  or your primary care physician to participate in the Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIMOC) program. Must be a UIC student or faculty/staff to receive the assessment for free.

Step 2: Schedule Your Free Assessment

Call the FitWell Center at 312-413-5174 or email to make an appointment for your free Generalized Fitness Assessment (GFA) and consultation.

Step 3: Prepare for Your Assessment

Before your appointment, ensure you have completed the Activities and Goals form. Wear comfortable athletic clothes and proper footwear. Refrain from stimulants like coffee, tea, cola, and tobacco for 4 hours before the test. Also, avoid exercising on the day of the assessment to prevent muscle soreness or fatigue during the test. Inform the testing staff of any drugs, prescription or non-prescription, taken within 48 hours prior to testing.

Step 4: Undergo the GFA Assessment

During your assessment, various tests will be conducted, including body composition analysis, aerobic capacity evaluation through a Jog/Walk Test, muscular strength and endurance assessments (curl-ups, push-ups, handgrip, and leg press), and flexibility measurement using the Sit and Reach test.

Step 5: Post-Assessment Review

After the assessment, our EIM Coach will review your results with you. These results will establish a baseline that will assist in creating your personalized exercise prescription.

Participating in the UIC Exercise is Medicine program is as easy as getting a referral, scheduling your assessment, preparing accordingly, undergoing the assessment, and discussing your results with our EIM Coach. Start your journey to a healthier lifestyle today!

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Exercise is Medicine Gold Campus

“EIM On Campus (EIM-OC) launched its recognition program in 2014, honoring campuses for their participation and engagement in EIM. Schools earn gold, silver or bronze status based on their activities. Recognition provides an opportunity for campuses to enhance their image as a healthy academic environment and emphasize their commitment to create a culture of wellness.”

If you have questions or would like to be involved with Exercise is Medicine on Campus contact Lynne Thompson at