University of Washington School of Medicine
The UW Medicine in Motion chapter collaborates with existing campus organizations, UW Medicine clinicians, and other healthcare providers to provide engaging opportunities for members of the UW community centered around physical activity and philanthropy. We strive to promote wellness and educate all medical community members, regardless of activity level, in a safe and inclusive environment. UW MiM will build community and support the mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing of students, physicians, and other healthcare workers.
Sign up to be a member and be added to the UWSOM – MiM email list to be involved in future events and to get our monthly newsletter including other ways to stay active, motivational spotlights from other UWSOM students and faculty, and to read about how we’re reaching out to our community to make physical activity accessible.
Join us for our Holiday Quartet by registering HERE!
Join your UWSOM Medicine in Motion chapter in starting 2021 off on the right foot. To start the new year, we’ll be hosting a WWAMI wide step challenge!
January 4th – 31st. Updates will be sent out weekly detailing the highest averages by regional campus and, if you opt in, individual rankings.
Who can participate?
All UWSOM students and faculty.
Sign up HERE, then simply track your steps using your phone, watch, or pedometer. You can enter your step count in this Google Form. Not into walking or running? You can also use this form to convert whatever physical activity you enjoy into steps: Step Converter
By registering, you will be entered into 4 different competitions:1.Individual with the most steps – WWAMI wide
2.Individual with the most steps – by foundation site
3.Foundation site with the highest average steps per participant
4.Individuals with the greatest number of days having reached 10k steps
At the end of the month, we’ll crown the winners of the 2021 UWSOM Step Challenge!
Levi is a second-year student at the University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle campus. Physical activity has always inspired Levi to improve himself and help others, and it is what led him to where he is today. During college Levi worked as a personal trainer and strength coach with a range of people from 5 year old hockey players to internationally competitive rugby athletes, and found the gratification of bringing his own love of movement to others in whatever way fits them best. Today, Levi pursues interests in regenerative medicine the use of physical activity to treat chronic disease. Levi enjoys escaping the city to trail run and snowshoe in the mountains, do circuit weight training, and participating in local charity runs.
Brian is an MS-3 at UW who loves to run and hike and sometimes play basketball very poorly. Born and raised in Washington state, his favorite way to exercise is running in the rain. He is interested in too many things in medicine to know what he wants to be when he grows up, be he knows he wants to stay in motion!
Moira O’Connor Lenth
Moira is a first-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine and she is based in Spokane, Washington. As a child, Moira played all the seasonal sports but in high school, she fell in love with long-distance running. Her high school cross-country coach fostered an incredible team environment that shaped Moira’s positive relationship towards movement. Moira continued to run competitively in college and today she enjoys training for marathons. She also likes to ski with her family, hike with her dogs, and wander to coffee shops near her new home in Spokane.
Nathan is a third-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle campus. Exercise has forever been a significant part of his life, and he firmly believes it has shaped who he is. While he was a varsity cross country and track athlete at Seattle University, he still maintains his commitment to staying active throughout his medical training. This has played a very important role in his life in preventing burnout and reducing stress as a medical trainee. He is a large supporter of normalizing exercise as medicine to prevent and manage chronic diseases in the clinical setting and is working on exercise outreach projects with The Sports Institute at the University of Washington. Now, he enjoys high intensity resistance training, weightlifting, playing volleyball or badminton, and running, with the goal of racing competitively in a marathon. Exercise is the best medicine!
Emily is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle campus. She has been active throughout her life, from playing soccer to lacrosse, swimming to cycling, and more. She says that sports have taught her how to keep her eyes on a bigger goal, stay strong through difficult situations, and find community in new places. She has been inspired to see how social change can be promoted through physical activity and wellness and is excited about how MiM can support this in the UW community. You can usually find Emily trail running on one of the many trail systems in western Washington, hiking with friends or family, biking with her dad, or trying new recipes.
Andreea is a first-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. She started running in college as a way to de-stress and explore areas surrounding campus. Training for half-marathons has mirrored her path in medicine (it’s a marathon, not a sprint) and has been a memorable way to spend time with friends and family. Aside from running, Andreaa enjoys yoga, Pilates, hiking, long walks, and more recently biking. She is excited to grow into this new community by sharing a passion for physical activity and wellness.
The Holiday Quartet – 4 Runs to Reduce Burnout
October 30, 2020 through January 4th, 2021
2020 has been a year for the history books. With the holiday season quickly approaching, the UW chapter of Medicine in Motion has put together a series of races to help battle burnout among healthcare professionals and students. The majority of the proceeds from this event will go toward supporting local organizations such as Girls on the Run and the King Country Play Equity Coalition. Join us we sprint towards New Year’s Eve/Day together! The series will consist of four distances. Choose from one of the three distance options below, complete on or around Halloween, Thanksgiving, December holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa), and New Year’s Eve/Day, and record your activities to participate. The goal is to begin at any level from beginner to expert and advance your running capability throughout 2 months to run your longest distance around the new year.
Sign up is $15 and can be completed through the UWSOM Medicine in Motion webpage or by clicking the link HERE or below. Use a device and app to track your times and distances such as Strava, Under Armor, or Livestrong during the dates listed below. Join the official Strava HERE or by searching “UWSOM Medicine in Motion” on Strava. After participating, use this Google Survey to record your time and distance. Remember to take a screenshot of your activity on your chosen tracking app and add them to the survey after each run. After New Year’s Day, if you completed all four races, you will be entered into a random drawing to receive prizes such as winter running gloves, athletic socks, beanies, etc.
We welcome all students of the UWSOM to join. Additionally, we would like to invite all UWSOM faculty and their families to participate.
•Option #1: 3km, 5km, 8km, 10km (6.2 miles)
•Option #2: 5km, 10km, 15km, 21km (13.1 miles = half marathon)
•Option #3: 10km, 21km, 30km, 42km (26.2 miles = marathon)
•Halloween: 10/30 – 11/6
•Thanksgiving: 11/20 – 11/27
•Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa: 12/18 – 12/26
•New Year’s Eve/Day: 12/28 – 1/04
Girls on the Run is a non-profit program from girls ages 8-13. The organization promotes empowerment in girls by teaching life skills through research-based lessons and running. Girls at a critical age are taught the importance of physical and emotional health as they begin to navigate a complex world with gender stereotypes and ongoing societal obstacles. Girls on the Run seeks to instill confidence in every girl through an inclusive, interactive, and fun after school experience.
King Country Play Equity Coalition – “Only 19% of King County youth get the recommended amount of physical activity. Using the 2019 State of Play: Seattle-King County Report findings and recommendations as a springboard, King County Play Equity Coalition aims to increase the rates of King County youth meeting the CDC’s Physical Activity Guidelines so that all youth have access to the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of movement.”