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Increase the proportion of students who report meeting current federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity, from 39.9 percent to 53.5 percent. "Federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity" is defined as:

  • Moderate intensity: 30 minutes a day, 5 or more per week; or
  • Vigorous intensity: 20 minutes a day, 3 or more days per week

Why is physical activity important for UC Merced students?

  • Improves energy, focus and concentration
  • Contributes to better sleep habits

What are the H.E.R.O.E.S. doing?

To promote aerobic physical activity, the H.E.R.O.E.S. have created the following programs:


Recreation and Athletics: Provides numerous resources for students to be physically active. They offer fitness classes, two gyms, outdoor trips, and NAIA, club and intramural sports.