Alice! Health PromotionCU Move
Welcome to CU Move!
CU Move is an initiative that offers the University community opportunities to learn about and engage in physical activities that support healthy living. CU Move is informed by the objectives of Healthy People 2020 and Healthy Campus 2020 and is open to all Columbia students, faculty, staff, and alumni. CU Move is free of cost, and you can participate at any time.
When CU Move was introduced on campus a few years ago, it was a rather innovative program. It allowed participants to keep track of their physical activity using a personalized online tool to set goals and monitor progress. However, since CU Move’s inception, new online technologies and applications have emerged. As a result, we have decided to expand CU Move beyond individual-based technologies to a more comprehensive initiative that includes the entire Columbia community.
We continue to introduce tools and programs that reflect the desire of Columbians to seek and maintain healthful living. We are currently reaching out to partners across the Columbia community to connect established resources and begin collaborations for new opportunities. We will post updates regularly and invite you to sign-up for monthly CU Move emails. For more frequent updates, “Like” us on Facebook.
Information on the CU Move website is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a physician or another qualified health provider before beginning any physical activity program.
Details about CU Move
CU Move encourages members of the Columbia community to engage in active lives that include regular physical activity. We continue to expand opportunities for you to be active and involved in and around the Columbia community. The CU Move initiative provides participants with motivation, incentives, and resources to stay active throughout the year.
CU Move participants have the opportunity to receive updates and motivational messages via e-mail. These messages are tailored to members of the Columbia community and are designed to help you stick to your overall physical activity goals. Messages are sent once a month. Please complete this form to join our mailing list.
Incentives to Participate
All CU Move participants are encouraged to set their own personal goals for physical activity. One of the objectives of CU Move is to support participants in achieving healthful goals. Participants who maintain a connection to CU Move receive limited-edition CU Move fitness gear and other program incentives throughout the year.
Being physically active means choosing programs and activities that work for you. The following links provide useful resources to consider as you get started.
- Staying Active at CU
- Examples of free or low-cost technology tools
- Seven Benefits of Regular Physical Activity (Mayo Clinic)
- Physical Activity Guidelines (CDC)
- Gymtimidation — Intimidated by Working Out at Health Clubs (Go Ask Alice!)
- Reaching Your Goals the SMART Way (American Council on Exercise)
- Three Things Every Exercise Program Should Have (American Council on Exercise)
- How to Choose the Right Personal Trainer (American Council on Exercise)
- Selecting and Effectively Using a Personal Trainer (American College of Sports Medicine)
Finding the motivation to stick with your physical activity plan can be a challenge at times. While motivation is unique to each individual, the many rewards are universal and include benefits to academic performance, energy level, mood, and immune function. The following links provide some helpful resources for maintaining your motivation:
- Battling Boredom (American Council on Exercise)
- Eating Well to Stay Motivated and Energized (American Heart Association)
- Exercise Motivation...for Stress Reduction (Go Ask Alice!)
- Is Soreness a Good Indicator of a Good Workout? (Go Ask Alice!)
Additional Physical Activity Resources
Find answers to some common questions about physical activity, and access resources to help you on your fitness journey:
- Dodge Fitness Center (Columbia University)
- Is it Better to Eat Before or After Exercise? (Go Ask Alice!)
- Best Time of Day to Exercise? (Go Ask Alice!)
- Adult Sports Education in NYC (Go Ask Alice!)
- Exercise for the Physically Challenged (Go Ask Alice!)
- Free Weights vs. Strength-training Equipment (American Council on Exercise)
- No Time for Working Out (Go Ask Alice!)
Find free or low cost events to keep you moving around the neighborhood and across the city, such as community walks and runs, ice skating, and kayaking on the Hudson. Check out these links for free and low cost events in New York City and "Like" us on Facebook to access our Events Calendar. If you know of any upcoming community events (i.e., yoga, walks, runs, or any low/no-cost events that promote physical activity), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full Disclaimer: Information on this CU Move website is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider before beginning any physical activity program. If you have a condition that could be affected by physical activity, you are encouraged to consult your medical provider prior to starting any routine. CU Move allows participants to set physical activity goals that support healthy living.
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