Tanja Allen is a current Master of Science (Sport and Exercise Science) student.
She was recently awarded a Wintec Trust Waikato fund which she used to travel to Boston, USA to attend the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Ambassador training programme. She is now qualified to share the message of EIM in New Zealand.
EIM, a ACSM initiative was launched in 2007 with the goal to 'establish physical activity as a standard in healthcare' through embedding physical activity assessments and prescription into every healthcare system globally. This means that every visit with a healthcare professional includes at least asking the patient and recording their answers about the amount of activity they do daily/weekly. If a patient is not getting enough physical activity the aim is to provide a prescription for a programme or to see a Clinical Exercise Physiologist.
Whilst in Boston, Tanja also attended the annual American College of Sports Medicine convention and Exercise is Medicine (EIM) world congress. Wintec was awarded gold status for its EIM on campus programme for their innovative integration of exercise into on-campus activities, from induction days right through to workshops for Maori and Pacifica students.
Tanja has a busy semester ahead, bringing EIM to the Waikato and writing her Master's dissertation. We wish her the best of luck.