Governor Declares May “Exercise is Medicine” Month Following Requests from Lasell Faculty, President

Governor Declares May “Exercise is Medicine” Month Following Requests from Lasell Faculty, President

May 17, 2015

Governor Charlie Baker has declared May "Exercise is Medicine" month after receiving requests from members of the Lasell Exercise Science and Athletic Training faculty and President Alexander to join other states in acknowledging the importance of linking exercise to health.

Exercise is Medicine month is an initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine, and its vision is to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of disease prevention and treatment. Over the past few years, almost all 50 states, many cities, organizations and a few military bases have celebrated the month of May as Exercise is Medicine® Month (www.exerciseismedicine.org) by hosting a variety of organized events requiring physical activity to get people moving.

Lasell College sent letters to the Governor from President Michael Alexander and Cristina Haverty, Chair of the Athletic Training and Exercise Science Department and Associate Professor of Athletic Training as well as Dr. Marisa Hastie, Ed.D., Associate Professor and Program Director of Exercise Science.

"This declaration is the result of [our requests] to formally recognize the health impacts exercise can have on longevity, [and] to honor Lasell's commitment to the health and wellness of students and the rigorous academic training we are providing to our future health professionals," said Hastie in a note to faculty and administrators.

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick issued a similar proclamation in 2013.