'Exercise as Medicine’ Symposium Teaches the Positive Outcomes of Exercise on a Variety of Health Conditions

Published: May 08, 2015

'Exercise as Medicine’ Symposium Teaches the Positive Outcomes of Exercise on a Variety of Health Conditions

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Students filled the main hallway of Island Hall on Thursday, April 30, for the “Exercise as Medicine” Symposium, held by the Kinesiology Department Exercise Testing and Prescription class at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Students, all in their senior year at the Island University, presented posters depicting how exercise can be prescribed to help prevent and mitigate the effects of common ailments like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Presentations also showed how exercise can be effectively and safely applied to other populations such as children, the elderly, and those who are pregnant.

“It’s important to start exercising when you’re young because you start learning those habits,” said Samantha Priddy, an Exercise Science major, who also works as a personal trainer.  She chose the topic “Children and Exercise.” “Different diseases like cardiovascular disease or diabetes are seen when you’re older, but they actually start to manifest when you’re a child.”

William Liffick, an exercise major, and also an ROTC cadet, had a personal connection to his presentation titled, “PTSD and Exercise.”

“I have a lot of friends who actually come back from deployment suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and I thought this was a way to blend what I’m learning at school with my occupation,” Liffick stated. “Researchers did a study and found that low to moderate intensity aerobic exercise done three times a week lowers the stress levels and improves quality of life.”

The Exercise Testing and Prescription class holds this symposium each semester. The course is taught by Exercise Physiologist Dr. Don Melrose, Associate Professor of Kinesiology.

“The class is one which provides both classroom and hands-on experience, addressing all facets of exercise and prescription, ranging from health appraisal, physical fitness testing, principles of exercise prescription, clinical exercise physiology, and special populations,” said Melrose. “In this particular project, the students were tasked with showing and demonstrating through research that we really can make these different populations better with the proper exercise prescription.”