Meet the EIM Leaders
Richard De Jesus Marine Alvarado
I became a medical doctor in 2003, graduating from Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo; a year later, in 2004, I graduated from the Instituto Tecnologico Dominicano, obtaining my masters in Clinical Nutrition and Sports Medicine.
What is your current work position and title?
Nutri-Med Medical Director (Center for Nutrition and Exercise Medicine)
How and when did you get involved with EIM?
At a meeting in Colombia, the 2011 Nutrition Society 2011 (FELAMPE), Dr. John Duperly (the former EIM Regional Center Director for Latin America) invited me to become a part of EIM, which at that time was the first Exercise Prescription course for Latin America healthcare providers.
How do you promote EIM through the work that you do?
When I started my work with EIM as a Sports medicine and clinical nutrition doctor, I talked about how the prescription of exercise can prevent and treat pathologies on several different occasions at the Dominican Society of Internal Medicine annual congress and the Dominican Society of Nutrition, as well as with companies such as Abbott Nutrition, where one of their targets was the treatment of sarcopenia and the influence of physical activity for its prevention.
How has EIM influenced the work you do professionally and those you work with (your patients/clients/colleagues)?
The impact to my profession has been very significant. Leading a task force for this international movement in the Dominican Republic has helped me to join together various medical associations with organizations related to exercise and nutrition in the Dominican medical society. Having a center of nutrition and exercise, most of our patients are linked to physical activity and have benefited from the knowledge we have learned from EIM. As for the staff working at our center, this has had a great influence because in general they are very involved in the cause and are part of the EIM medical team, and have seen improvements in their personal lives and professional practice.
Has EIM impacted you personally? If "yes", how so?
Yes, personally I feel great satisfaction because this program has come to improve my knowledge about exercise and prevention, and EIM is undoubtedly an excellent program that has giving me the tools to carry this message to more people.
What are some of the challenges that you have faced in introducing and/or implementing EIM where you work?
In general the main challenge is the financial support. It is not a secret that in order to meet the program standards and goals of EIM, funds are needed. Our intention is to find sponsors that will allow our health system to offer EIM courses free of charge. Otherwise, we have a very good acceptance of the EIM program.
What are some of the sucesses that you have seen implementing EIM into your work?
It is an excellent working tool, inexpensive and very effective; I prescribe exercise daily to my patients. Another important point is the interest of private companies in the application of these concepts in their personal work and their development in the working space.
What advice do you have for early career professionals wanting to promote and develop careers related to EIM?
My main advice would be to share the importance of this program, to focus on the prevention of chronic diseases and their impact on local and global health in their work areas, and also to emphasize its importance in the future of medicine, which goes hand in hand with healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.