Students at The Ohio State University College of Medicine have created medFIT, a collaboration with the College of Medicine Wellness Team that provides fitness training, nutrition advice and health education specifically for medical students.
Students Rajiv Mallipudi and Juliette Yedimenko have experienced some of the major challenges that medical students face in school: maintaining proper health and wellness while dealing with stress, sleep deprivation, poor diet and lack of exercise that comes along with endless nights of studying, exams and hospital rounding. Their hope is that the organization will provide inspiration for medical students to take up new healthy lifestyle changes.
Whether someone is trying to lose body fat, find new healthy recipes or train for a marathon, medFIT provides each medical student a personalized exercise and nutrition program to help them meet their health and fitness goals by working with their peers and trained professionals.
The OSU Wexner Medical Center is making great strides in its P4 wellness initiative that promotes healthy lifestyles in its employees through the collaboration of departments and resources throughout the hospital. However, there is currently no program that promotes healthy lifestyles for medical students. That is where Mallipudi and Yedimenko saw an opportunity. medFIT is the first student-run organization at the Ohio State College of Medicine to actively work with the medical student community to address their challenges.
As soon-to-be physicians, Mallipudi and Yedimenko believe medical students should strive to exemplify high standards of health in their personal lives. medFIT’s mission is to connect medical students to all the health and fitness resources already available to all OSU students and staff, and to provide them with personalized and group fitness training, nutrition advice and health education to promote healthy minds and bodies among exemplary future doctors!