The La Crosse Exercise and Health Program (LEHP)

The La Crosse Exercise and Health Program (LEHP) is a university sponsored, on-campus health and fitness program. The program includes units in adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, the LEHP is very active in conducting research and presenting cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation workshops, which are attended by individuals from all over the world.

Since its inception in 1971, the LEHP has provided exercise opportunities for over 7,000 participants in the Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation units. Participants are typically a mixture of faculty, staff, and community members. Currently, we have 100 participants in our Adult Fitness unit (M, W, F: 5:00 - 7:15 AM) and 150 in our Phase III/IV Cardiac Rehabilitation unit (M, W, F: 3:30 - 6:00 PM).

All CEP graduate students (even those not receiving graduate assistantships) are required to work a 6-month rotation in both the Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation units as part of coursework. Exercise activities include: walking and jogging, stationary cycling, weight training, yoga, Pilates, swimming, and volleyball.

The LEHP gives all CEP graduate students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to a practical setting. Students have the opportunity to lead exercises, calculate exercise prescriptions, counsel participants, conduct exercise testing, and participate in all of the other aspects associated with the operation of a comprehensive exercise program.