Updates from EIM

Enhance®Fitness Adapts to Keep Older Adults Moving during COVID

January 14, 2021 by Paige Denison
The average person in the US reaching the age of 65 years can expect to live another 20 years. For most older adults, good health supports continuing independence, security, and productivity. Unfortunately, millions struggle with health challenges like diabetes, arthritis, falls, mobility impairments and depression. The health of these older adults is of great concern […]
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Physical Activity, COVID-19 and Older Adults

November 6, 2020 by EIM Older Adults Committee; Kate Edwards, Ph.D.; Garrett Kellar, Ed.D.; David Marquez, Ph.D.; Jeff Schlicht, Ph.D.
Before the onset of COVID-19 older adults were known to be more isolated than others. Now family and friends see older adults less often, especially when they reside in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, where infections rates and deaths have been high and visitors are restricted. (data from CMS here; guidance from CDC here). Because older […]
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Why Keep this COVID-19 Remedy a Secret?

August 4, 2020 by James F. Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM and Michael Pratt, M.D. M.P.H. FACSM
First, the bad news. There is no vaccine or cure yet for the COVID-19. The only approved drug has modest impacts. What would we give for a drug that would do the following? Improve immune and inflammation responses to viral infections Reduce psychological and physiological stress from the pandemic Help treat most of the pre-existing […]
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Shifting Gears on Transportation in a Pandemic World

July 20, 2020 by Gretchen Patch, M.P.H.
Gretchen Patch, M.P.H. is Director of Strategic Health Programs for the American College of Sports Medicine where she oversees the ACSM American Fitness Index and ActivEarth Initiative. She currently lives and works in Indianapolis, IN. If a physician prescribes a course of treatment to reduce a patient’s anxiety, improve sleep or deal with a chronic medical […]
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Being Active Now – A Different Spin

July 14, 2020 by Robyn Stuhr, M.A., ACSM-CEP, RCEP
Robyn Stuhr, MA, ACSM-CEP, RCEP is Vice President of Exercise is Medicine.  She shares her personal insights on pivoting one’s physical activity routine during the COVID-19 pandemic - using active transportation.  Robyn currently lives and works in Indianapolis, IN. We live in a new world where restaurants and shops are opening up in a limited […]
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Life in the Post-COVID Era: One Physician's Perspective on How to Think Forward

April 23, 2020 by Robert Zarr, M.D., M.P.H., Founder of Park Rx America
Dr. Robert Zarr is a board-certified pediatrician at Unity Health Care, located in Washington, DC, where he’s practiced for nearly 19 years. He is the founder of Exercise is Medicine partner, Park Rx America, a non-profit helping doctors connect patients to nature. Every day, I wake up to crunch the COVID-19 numbers with my son. For the […]
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A Clinician’s Thoughts about Self Care and Physical Activity during COVID

April 20, 2020 by Keri Denay, M.D., FACSM
As health care providers during the COVID-19 crisis, we are faced with challenges on many levels.  We’re on the front lines of patient care, adapting with telemedicine and being told to stay home and away from others when not at work. This instruction alone could put a damper on our overall health – mental, emotional […]
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COVID-19, Exercise, Children and their Developing Immune System

April 14, 2020 by Shlomit Radom-Aizik, Ph.D.
*This blog is also available in Spanish. Click here to read. Emerging epidemiological reports on the coronavirus (COVID-19) in children show that they are less likely than adults to be infected and have severe illness. Why do young children seem to be less affected by COVID-19? While there is currently no scientific-based data to answer this crucial […]
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COVID-19, Ejercicio, Niños y su Sistema Inmunitario en Desarrollo

April 14, 2020 by Shlomit Radom-Aizik, Ph.D.
Los informes epidemiológicos emergentes acerca del coronavirus (COVID-19) en niños, muestran que éstos son menos propensos que los adultos a infectarse y enfermarse gravemente. ¿Por qué los niños pequeños parecen ser menos afectados por el COVID-19? Si bien actualmente no hay datos con base científica para responder a esta crucial pregunta, los investigadores han centrado […]
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A Call to Action: Physical Activity and COVID-19

April 3, 2020 by Jim Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM & Mike Pratt, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM
*This blog is also available in Spanish. Click here to read. Exercising is probably not top of mind as we struggle with how to protect ourselves, our families and our communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Perhaps it should be, because physical activity can be a valuable tool for controlling COVID-19 infections and maintaining quality of […]
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