You’re the Key to a Healthy Campus

You’re the Key to a Healthy Campus

Recorded On: 09/15/2022

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Campus recreation departments are looking to expand beyond the walls of indoor recreation areas. The goal is to create a Healthy Campus™, where student and faculty health and wellness are part of the college experience.

This session will teach proven ways to advocate for new campus recreation initiatives, a framework to quantify results, and a design methodology to transform outdoor areas into spaces where people engage in “Accidental Fitness™.”

Our experts will present research on the physical, social, and emotional health benefits of outdoor fitness. You’ll also see case study examples of campus recreation professionals who champion this outdoor fitness approach and the positive outcomes of their efforts.

  • Learning Objectives:
    • Discuss how outdoor recreation initiatives can support the health and wellness of students and faculty
    • Review best practice recommendations and examples
    • Identify real-life examples of a Healthy Campus and the successful strategies utilized for elevating the role of campus recreation
    • Summarize some research and unique benefits that outdoor recreation initiatives offer campus recreation and campus communities alike
    • Discuss advocacy tips and tools

Russell L. Carson, PhD

Research and Health & Wellness Advisor


With a PhD in Health and Kinesiology, numerous notable honors, and 70+ peer-reviewed publications and research presentations, Russ is passionate about the subject of health and wellness and possesses a vast knowledge on the importance of fitness throughout our lives to share with his audiences. 

Jon Walker

Product Manager (Outdoor Fitness & Freestanding Play)


Jon Walker is a product manager with GameTime specializing in outdoor fitness equipment and Universal Design. For more than a decade, Jon has worked with parks professionals, health club owners, and colleges and universities to design outdoor gyms based on best-practice design principles. Guided by research from Utah State University Center for Persons With Disabilities, Jon advocates for inclusive outdoor fitness and recreation projects across North America. He speaks at industry events on the benefits of Universal Design and Inclusive Recreation and is a PlayCore-certified instructor for continuing education workshops on the topics of adult outdoor fitness and inclusive recreation.

Alison Cross

Director of Recreational Sports

Virginia Tech

Ali Cross serves as the director of recreational sports and a member of the student affairs leadership team at Virginia Tech.  In this capacity, she provides leadership to 38 full-time and 600+ part-time employees, two indoor recreational facilities, 20+ acres of outdoor recreation space and recreational programs.    

1. B.S. in Sports Medicine with the Human Performance and Recreation (HPR) at the University of Southern Mississippi  

2. M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology with the Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise (HNFE) Department at Virginia Tech  

3. Certified Chi Running Instructor and Coach / Les Mills Instructor / ACE GFI / CPO / ACSM-EP / Facilitator for Discovery Learning, INC CSI

4. National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Faculty from 2015-2018 


Recording - You're the Key to a Healthy Campus
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Open to view video. Recording of live Zoom session on September 15, 2022.