EIM China – 2016 Conference on Physical Activity & Health
On November 20th & 21st, EIM China, along with leaders from the International Life Sciences Institute Focal Point in China, the China Physical Fitness Surveillance Center, Beijing Sport University, the Executive Office of China Healthy Lifestyle for All Initiative, the National Institute for Nutrition and Health, and the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hosted the 2016 Conference on Physical Activity & Health in Beijing, China.
A total of 19 international and Chinese experts and scholars were invited to deliver speeches on chronic disease prevalence, physical activity in China, health benefits of physical activity, and on the application of physical exercise in health promotion. More than 140 delegates from Chinese universities, state sports departments, the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scientific institutes, hospitals and enterprises attended the conference. Keynote speakers included: Dr. Ye Tian from the China Sport Science Society, Dr. Liangyou Wu, the Director General Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control, and Dr. Mei Wang, from the China Institute of Sport Science. One of the highlights of the Congress was a lively debate on “Whether sport is medicine?” The debate pitted delegates from Peking University Health Science Center and Beijing Sport University against each other. Members of both delegations had wonderful performances arguing for the benefits, drawbacks, and importance of managing sport risks and promoting exercise through the health system.
A special section of the Congress was dedicated to the topic of EIM and its implementation in China and around the world. Presentations in this section included talks on The Exercise Is Medicine® Solution: Global Progress & Promotion (Dr. Cherie Pettit, Minnesota State University), Exercise Is Medicine® in China: The Past, Present and Future (Dr. Zhengxiong Yang, International Life Science Institute – Focal Point China), EIM: From Campus to Community (Dr. Guang Yang, Northeast Normal University), Training Exercise Professionals to Serve as a Part of the Extended Healthcare (Dr. Cherie Pettitt, Minnesota State University), Exercise Is Medicine® On Campus (Dr. Zhengzhen Wang, Beijing Sport University), and Exercise Therapy on Depression (Dr. Weimo Zhu, University of Illinois).
Other Supporters of the 2016 Conference on Physical Activity & Health included:
- Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control of National Health and Family Planning Commission of the PRC
- Department of Sport for All, General Administration of Sport of China
- Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Chinese Preventive Medicine Association