Exercise is Medicine® (EIM), a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients. EIM is committed to the belief that exercise and physical activity are integral to the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and should be regularly assessed as part of medical care. Along with the National Physical Activity Plan, EIM strives to make physical activity a “vital sign” that is routinely assessed at every patient interaction with a health care provider. Former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., serves as honorary chair of EIM.
May is Exercise is Medicine Month and a time to bring awareness to and focus on the issue of physical inactivity. Physical inactivity, a fast-growing public health concern, contributes to a variety of chronic disease and health complications:
- Heart Disease
***Stay tuned for our EIM Month 2017 Toolkit!***