Sustainable health at MSU

Sustainable health is a personal commitment to taking responsibility for your own health through proactive means. It contributes to a healthy body and balanced state of mind. Partners on and off campus offer a variety of programs and resources that promote sustainable health and wellness while supporting important causes for the Spartan Community. Participate in walks, runs and fitness and wellness programs on campus. 


Spartan Health and Wellness Programs

  • MSU Federal Credit Union Virtual Dinosaur Dash | October 4 - 10

    Register HERE!

    Sign up for the first-ever Virtual Dinosaur Dash! Wear a dinosaur costume, test your fitness and enjoy a race experience while supporting educational programs at the MSU Museum.

    Walk or run a 5K anywhere between Sunday, October 4 – Saturday, October 10.

    Participants will be able to submit virtual times, download finisher’s certificates, and upload photos from their virtual activities!

    Three special runs are designed for the younger crowd:
    • Museum Mile: For youth 12 and under, run or walk one-mile
    • Mini-Dash: For kids 6 and under, a 200 yard dash
    • Diaper Dash: For kids 3 and under, a 200 yard dash

    All participants of the Museum Mile, Mini Dash and Diaper Dash receive an official Dinosaur Dash award medallion, quality short-sleeved T-shirt, shipping, bib, and finisher’s e-certificate. All 5k run/walk registration fees include a quality short-sleeved T-shirt, neck gaiter (not intended to be used as PPE), shipping, bib, and finisher’s e-certificate.

    On the last day of the race, Saturday, October 10, celebrate National Fossil Day! 

    The MSU Museum will present a special virtual program all about fossils!

    For more details, call the MSU Museum at (517) 355-2370 or

  • Michigan Workplace Walking Challenge | October - November 2020

    Michigan State University is participating in the Michigan Workplace Walking Challenge. MSU faculty and staff will compete on behalf of MSU against other wellness-minded Michigan organizations for a 6-week virtual walking challenge, October 5th through November 16th. Register now and join the fun as you take steps towards sustainable health and well-being: The challenge is offered through a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, Health4U, Health Promotion, and Recreational Sports and Fitness Services, all members of the University Well-Being Coalition.

  • MSU Exercise is Medicine on Campus Month Step Challenge | Oct 5 - Oct 9
    The MSU Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIMOC) Month Step Challenge is a friendly competition against other EIMOC schools nationwide that runs from October 5th-9th. Anyone is welcome to participate and can submit steps on behalf of MSU. You may join anytime throughout the week.
    Steps can be tracked utilizing a fitness watch, other device, app, phone, manually, etc. and will be based on the honor system. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit your steps each day after you register. The school with the best overall average will be declared the winner!
    The MSU participant with the highest week average will win a basketball signed by Coach Izzo. Must be picked up at Olin Health Center.
  • MSU Exercise is Medicine on Campus Free Fitness Classes | Fall Semester

    Join Exercise is Medicine on Campus every Tuesday & Thursday for FREE virtual live fitness classes! 


    Bodyweight Tabata 

    Dates: 9/15 – 12/15 

    Time: 12 – 12:45 pm on Tuesdays 

    Description: Tabata is a high-intensity training that pushes both your aerobic and anaerobic capacity. In this class you will push yourself and achieve full body fitness by completing a variety of bodyweight exercises at a specific work-rest ratio.

    Who: Anyone can participate 

    Link: Facebook Event Page 


    Bodyweight Bootcamp 

    Dates: 9/17 – 12/17 

    Time: 8:15 – 9:15 am on Thursdays 

    Description: The ultimate strengthening, total body workout! Bootcamp is a back-to-the-basics strength and cardio workout utilizing your own body weight that is designed to help improve your cardiovascular endurance as well as help strengthen your entire body, no matter your fitness level. Be ready to break sweat!

    Who: Anyone can participate 

    Link: Facebook Event Page 

  • Blue Cross Winter Warm Up | January – March 2021

    Have fun getting fit with the Blue Cross® Winter Warm Up. MSU Health4U leads the Winter Warm Up training program at Michigan State University. This multi-week 5K training program is free and open to all ages and abilities. Learn the basics of good form from certified Good Form Running and Walking coaches from the Playmakers Fitness Foundation. In addition, participants receive weekly communication with training information and nutrition tips. The instructional sessions lead to a free goal event – the Blue Cross® Winter Warm Up 5K walk/run celebration, typically held at Hawk Island Park in Lansing. Check back this winter for details.


  • Sustainability Walks | April 2021

    The Office of Sustainability hosts weekly sustainability walks in partnership with Health4U and other campus partners. Spring semester walks are offered in April in celebration of Earth Day. The weekly walks showcase the ways in which sustainability is embedded within MSU's campus, curriculum, culture and community, highlighting topics such as green buildings, freshwater protection, sustainable food, and renewable energy. Check back for details in spring 2021.

  • Izzo Legacy Walk/Run/Roll | April 2021

    The 2nd annual Izzo Legacy Run/Walk/Roll has been postponed until April 2021. The mission is to connect Alumni, the MSU and Mid-Michigan communities in a positive celebration of Coach Izzo's legacy. The events include a 5K Run/Walk, 5K Roll, 1 Mile Walk, Children's Races and a Virtual 5K; all events will focus on fitness, fun, family, Spartan spirit and charitable giving! Proceeds from the Izzo Legacy Run/Walk/Roll will create an endowment for the Izzo Legacy Family Fund that will ensure charitable giving for years to come. Check back for details.


Sustainable health is a key element of MSU’s social commitment to sustainability.

Multiple programs on campus, including Health4U, SPARTANfit Fitness and Wellness Program, and Recreational Sports and Fitness Services, promote sustainable health and wellbeing through classes, individual mentoring and outreach programs. Learn about these offerings below.