Our team is quickly coming together to begin many EIMC joint initiatives across campus. Community health promotion will involve a public lecture series on exercise and health. In addition, we hope to get the McMaster community up and active through fundraising events such as Spin-A-Thons, intramural teams, fitness clubs, as well as a McMaster 5km run in collaboration with the Running Room (who featured an article about EIMC here!)
Our primary mission is introduction of exercise prescription as an adjunct therapy offered by physicians, as well as knowledge translation of the appropriate application of exercise prescription offered to all medical professionals studying at McMaster. We aim to provide physicians and physicians-in-training with the tools and knowledge necessary for the integration of exercise prescription into existing physician practices. By tailoring resources of EIMC to McMaster University, we will prepare physicians to more easily use physical activity in the treatment and prevention of disease and illness. Our major, annual event will be an inter-professional education event through the Program for Inter-professional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER) at McMaster. This event will amalgamate knowledge from interdisciplinary authorities such as Kinesiology and Medical Sciences researchers, physiotherapists and other health professionals currently implementing exercise as medicine in order to provide the next generation of physicians with an understanding of how effective physical activity can be as a therapeutic measure.
We are all very excited about the direction Exercise is Medicine Canada @ McMaster is taking and look forward to collaborating with other EIMC groups as this paradigm becomes more prevalent in post-secondary institutions across Canada!