James Madison University


JMU DukeQuest Walking Map

This interactive walking guide includes a selection of nearly 500 walking routes on the James Madison University campus. Walking routes can be chosen either by selecting a starting and ending point from a drop down list of campus locations or simply by clicking locations on the map itself. Both locations are identified with pictures of campus buildings that bookend the route. The estimated travel time, a recommended route, and an elevation profile will be displayed, along with the number calories that are used to walk the route. Visit DukeQuest.

Harrisonburg Firefighter’s Wellness Initiative

The Harrisonburg Fire Department was charged with developing a comprehensive wellness plans for its 75 full time firefighters. Assessments for all 75 firefighters were conducted in the summer of 2010 with the assistance of student volunteers and Health Sciences faculty. Starting in the 2010-11 academic year, firefighters were used as clients in the yearlong senior HAP Client Assessment/Wellness Project. This collaborative agreement will benefit the Harrisonburg Fire Department in developing wellness goals for its firefighters and provide an overall profile of the health risks for the department as a whole and unique health characteristic for each individual shift. The fire department health profile was recently used in applying for grants that are available for fire departments nationwide.

HAP students benefit from working with individuals who exhibit health risk concerns and a unique population whose job requires physical fitness standards and tasks that must be performed competently.

Walk and Work Initiative

The Walk and Work Initiative for faculty and staff began in the Fall of 2010. A room on the second floor of the Health and Human Services building was equipped with two walk workstations with computers. The walking workstation is a slow paced treadmill with a desk attached. Treadmill speeds can be selected in the range from 0.3 up to two miles an hour.

 The walking workstation concept was influenced by Dr. James Levine from the Mayo Clinic to increase nonexercise activity thermogenesis. Nonexercise activity thermogenesis also known as NEAT, is the energy expended for everything that is not sleeping, eating, or sports-like exercise. Increasing NEAT was reported in a study by Levine (2007) to increase the amount of calories expended by 100kcal/hour. An increase in NEAT can alter energy balance, thus increasing energy expended.  The proposed mechanism or basic concept behind NEAT is to engage in low intensity activity that expends calories but does not stimulate appetite hormones.

 A recently completed thesis by HAP graduate student Tracey Lytle, found that after 8 weeks of use, the walking workstation did not hinder work productivity. Additionally, it was suggested that if workstation use was consistent and long term, the walking workstation has the potential to improve important physiological indices.


  • August 28
    First Day of Classes
  • November 17-25
    Thanksgiving Break
  • December 9-15
    Final Examinations
  • December 15-16