Student Wellness through Physical Activity Promotion in the Academic Library

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Noah Lenstra, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: A review of the literature written by academic librarians about how and why they promote physical activity reveals three types of initiatives: special programs, new uses of library spaces, and new collections. Librar¬ies now offer yoga during finals, install treadmill desks in study spaces, and check out things like bicycles. In most cases, librarians develop these initiatives through partnerships with other campus entities. This emerging trend is contextualized within the move to support student wellness and the whole student within academic libraries. Through these new phys¬ical activity initiatives, the library becomes part of the broader fabric that supports student wellness and student success. More conversations around wellness and well-being (for both staff and students) should be happening in academic libraries, and these conversations should include physical activity. This chapter provides the evidence needed to begin those conversations.

Additional Information

S. Holder & A. Lannon (Eds.), Student wellness and academic libraries: Case studies and activities for promoting health and success (pp. 223-240)
Language: English
Date: 2020
wellness, academic libraries, physical activity, physical movement

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