Exercise is Medicine™ Program

The commemorative program is part of the Exercise is Medicine™ program, an initiative launched by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA). Exercise is Medicine™ is designed to encourage all physicians and healthcare professionals to discuss exercise with their patients, and conversely, to encourage patients to feel comfortable starting that conversation with their healthcare provider.

Physical inactivity is a fast-growing public health problem in this country and contributes to a variety of chronic diseases and health complications, including obesity, coronary artery disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, depression and anxiety, arthritis and osteoporosis. In addition to improving a patient’s overall health, increasing physical activity has proven effective in the treatment and prevention of more than 40 chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and hypertension. This program provides you access to the HealthPlex for using exercise as a ‘medicine’ to help prevent or manage many of the most common chronic health conditions.

Medical Referral

Community members of the Northwest Corridor gain access to the JCSU HealthPlex fitness equipment through Medical Referrals from their primary medical care provider. Upon completion of the medical referral participants will complete a Health Questionnaire and a fitness assessment. From this, a personalized exercise program will be provided to every Medical Referral participant. 

Click here to download the Medical Referral Form to give to you primary medical care provider.

Village HeartBEAT

Village HeartBEAT, Building Education and Accountability Together, is designed and promoted by the Department of Health and Human Services in Mecklenburg County. Village HeartBEAT promotes and enhances insight of health and wellness to address obesity and heart disease awareness amongst African American and Hispanic populations. The 14 week health and fitness program is a fun and healthy competition amongst faith based congregations. The HealthPlex will assist with teaching preventative health measures incorporating fitness to participants in Charlotte’s Northwest corridor of Mecklenburg County. By incorporating weight management, health coaching, group exercises classes and healthy living seminars, the Village HeartBEAT program makes a positive influence promoting heart health awareness. In 2013, Johnson C. Smith University’s HealthPlex was awarded the Faith and Community Health Excellence Award from the US Department of Health and Human Services for our assistance with the Village HeartBEAT program.

Churches that have completed the Village HeartBeat program: 

15th Street Church of God     Hispanos Unidos
Ben Salem Presbyterian New Covenant Bibleway
Caldwell Presbyterian New Life Fellowship
Camino Del Ray Ministry New Zion Missionary Baptist
Faith CME Rockwell AME Zion
Grier Heights Presbyterian Second Calvary Baptist
Shiloh International Baptist The Living Church
Steele Creek Greenville AME Zion
Greater Salem Greater Bethel AME
First Mount Zion Baptist First Baptist West

If your chursh would like to participate in the Village HeartBEAT program, contact Cheryl Emanuel at Cheryl.Emanual@mecklenburgcounty.gov

Wounded Warriors Project®

The Wounded Warrior Project® is a national program that takes a holistic approach when serving injured service members and their families to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, the Wounded Warrior Project® hopes to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.

The JCSU HealthPlex is a participating member of the Wounded Warrior Project®, offering free access to its wellness programming, fitness equipment, and free job training in the areas of fitness and wellness.