Updates from EIM

2024 EIM Global Leadership Awards

June 18, 2024 by Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., MSPH, FACSM
Since 2017, EIM has recognized significant accomplishments through the presentation of the EIM Global Leadership Awards, with one award typically being given to an individual or group within the United States and a second to an international individual or group who personify the mission and vision of the EIM initiative. The awards are typically given […]
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20% Off | Exercise is Medicine® Online Course

May 14, 2024 by Exercise is Medicine
During the month of May, we celebrate the power of physical activity during Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Month: promoting the vision to make physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in clinical care, connecting health care with evidence-based physical activity resources for people everywhere and of all abilities and encourage physicians and other health care […]
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IRS Recognizes Exercise as Medical Treatment | Guidance For Healthcare Providers

April 22, 2024 by Cayce A. Onks, DO, FACSM
In March of 2023 the IRS Code section 213, was changed to allow that exercise-based interventions can be paid for through tax-free medical spending accounts. This change is significant, as it is another step forward in gaining access to treatment options that include exercise for routine management of medical injury/illnesses. To assist patients interested in […]
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Exercise Is Medicine: Revisiting Its Vital Role in Healthcare Amidst Disappointing Trends in Physical Activity Advice

April 10, 2024 by Elizabeth Joy, MD, MPH, FACSM; Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., MSPH, FACSM
Recent results from a study analyzing 2022 U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data found that only 22.9% of adult women and 17.8% of adult men had been advised to increase their physical activity level by a doctor or other healthcare professional.1 Percentages were higher among women in all age groups, with the lowest observed […]
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EIM at the 2024 ACSM Annual Meeting

March 29, 2024 by Exercise is Medicine
Check out all of the EIM-related sessions, events and online programming taking place at the 2024 ACSM Annual Meeting. Click here to register and join us May 28-31 in Boston! In-Person Sessions:  Type Title Date/Time Tutorial Lecture Who and Where do I Send My Patients to be More Physically Active? Lessons Learned from EIM Canada […]
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NFL Veteran Chris Draft Joins ACSM’s Moving Through Cancer Task Force Board

February 14, 2024 by Exercise is Medicine
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 14, 2024) The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and its Exercise is Medicine Program (EIM) announced today that former NFL linebacker Chris Draft has joined the Moving Through Cancer Task Force Board. Moving Through Cancer is the first disease-specific initiative within EIM and focused on making exercise a standard of oncological […]
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Exercise is Medicine at Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center and Catholic Charities Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic Partner to Provide Free Lifestyle Medicine Programming to Medically Underserved Populations

February 7, 2024 by Tammy Rowland, MPH, NBC-HWC
Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center (FAFC), located onsite at George Mason University Science & Technology campus in Manassas, Virginia, recently partnered with Catholic Charities Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic to offer EIM-FAFCs first Spanish language, group-based, Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) program. Exercise is Medicine at Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center (EIM-FAFC) is committed to […]
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Developing a Grassroots Physical Activity Referral Network for Cancer Patients: Rising Above + Beyond Cancer

September 29, 2023 by Luann Larson
The American Cancer Society projects that there will be over 1.9 million new cancer cases in the U.S. in 2023. Of that number, 20,460 will be in Iowa. The Iowa Cancer Registry estimates that there will be 360 new cancers in Clinton County, 110 new deaths, and 2,760 individuals living with cancer in Clinton, a […]
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Major Milestone Achieved for Exercise Professionals, Health Care

May 5, 2023 by Exercise is Medicine
Health Level Seven International (HL7), a global network of health care databases, has formally approved a Physical Activity Implementation Guide adding physical activity as a vital sign and enabling referrals between exercise professionals and health care professionals. This is a major milestone on the road to establishing exercise professionals as a critical part of the […]
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San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative Promotes Physical Activity in Underserved Communities

January 10, 2023 by Dr. Ryan T. Conners, FACSM, ATC
The Exercise Is Medicine® (EIM) Underserved and Community Health Committee seeks to identify strategies and resources to integrate physical activity assessment and promotion into health care ​​settings, connecting underserved populations with community resources to help them become more physically active. The goals of this EIM committee are grounded in the efforts and dedication that community members […]
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We are proud to welcome EIM Netherlands!

October 18, 2022 by Carla Schenkeveld
In May 2021, the Dutch Association for Sports Medicine mobilized 15 organizations to collaborate on a taskforce charged with establishing an Exercise is Medicine® National Center in the Netherlands. Led by Professor Frank Backx, M.D., Ph.D., the taskforce united organizations from the fields of health care and exercise to convey the message “exercise is medicine.” […]
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Unique EIM Collaboration Thriving at Ohio State Med Center

October 18, 2022 by Allan Sommer, M.S., ACSM-CEP
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) program was launched in 2015 at The Ohio State University Health and Fitness Center, within the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. The 25,000-square-foot fitness center includes a warm-water therapy and lap pool, general fitness and studio space. The Philip Heit Center […]
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Exercise is Medicine® at Holy Cross Health — A Physician’s Perspective

September 21, 2022 by Fernando J. Manalac, M.D., MMM
In my everyday sports medicine practice, I have patients of every age who want to improve their exercise habits but just don’t know where to begin. They don’t want to take the 7-10 medications they’re on for hypertension, type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease, CHF, COPD, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, depression and anxiety. They feel like […]
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Prescribe to Thrive: EIM at Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center

August 24, 2022 by Tammy Rowland, MPH, Pn1, NBC-HWC
The Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center (FAFC) at George Mason University, an EIM Community Fitness Collaborator, recently received a $20,000 community grant from Sentara Community Health & Wellness Partnership.  The shared goal is to improve the health of the Prince William County community by reducing the impact of sedentary lifestyles through their Exercise is Medicine® […]
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A Health Insurer’s Perspective: Challenges of Lifestyle Medicine Implementation

August 24, 2022 by Amy Starr
Lifestyle impacts health. Such a simple concept, but one that is so easy to forget while we’re busy living our lives full of highs and lows – taking on new projects at work, falling in love and building families, taking care of responsibilities to our loved ones, all the while handling social, emotional and financial […]
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Hartford HealthCare Integrates Physical Activity as a Vital Sign System Wide

July 18, 2022 by Dale Bond, Ph.D.,Amanda Zaleski, Ph.D., ACSM-CEP, Lucas Carr, Ph.D.
Hartford HealthCare (HHC) in Connecticut has partnered with leaders at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to successfully integrate the Physical Activity Vital Sign (PAVS) into their electronic medical record system (EMR). This is an especially important milestone as HHC is the first integrated healthcare system in New England to launch the Exercise is […]
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Implementation Science 101: Practical Strategies to Close the Research-to-Practice Gap in Exercise Medicine

May 17, 2022 by Mary A. Kennedy, Ph.D., ACSM-EP
Exercise has the potential to prevent or treat most chronic diseases, yet nearly 80% of Americans do not meet the US Guidelines for Physical Activity (PAGAC 2018). To address this issue, multiple calls have been made to integrate exercise into standard clinical care (NPAPA 2016, Schmitz et al 2019). Unfortunately, the success of these initiatives […]
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A Guide to Robust Assessment and Exercise Prescription in Older Adults

May 17, 2022 by Jeff Schlicht, Ph.D.
In the United States as many as 15% of independent living older adults are frail, with another 45% described as pre-frail. Frailty is the presence of multiple syndromes that are correlated with increased fall risk, loss of independent living, and mortality. Frail and pre-frail older adults can benefit greatly from evidenced-based, prescriptive exercise.   In our […]
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Exercise is Medicine® Credential Refresh

May 1, 2022 by Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-EP; Robyn Stuhr, M.A., ACSM-CEP, RCEP 
Coming in June 2022, ACSM will relaunch the Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Credential and associated online course to provide more value for both exercise professionals and referring health care providers. Based on focus groups and survey data from health care providers and certified exercise professionals, the structure, requirements and required course content will be updated.    […]
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Understanding the Challenges of EIM Implementation from a Health System Perspective

April 15, 2022 by Cayce Onks, D.O., M.S., ATC
Despite the compelling evidence supporting the benefits of physical activity, health systems in the United States have not adopted universal implementation plans to provide patients with every opportunity to become physically active. The science of implementing an Exercise is Medicine (EIM) approach has not been well studied nor understood and presents an exciting, fertile opportunity […]
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NEW Diabetes Prevention Programs Standards re: Physical Activity

January 4, 2022 by Elizabeth (Liz) Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM
It’s estimated that 88 million American adults have prediabetes – that's 1 in 3 adults! Every 17 seconds, an American is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2DM), equating to 1.5 million new cases of diabetes a year, 90 to 95% of which is T2DM. Despite those stunning statistics, T2DM is NOT an inevitable consequence of […]
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Exercise prescription training course for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians

November 30, 2021 by Tassos Philippou
In spring 2021, the EIM Greece National Center agreed to a partnership with the Greek Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) to organize a specialized training course for PM&R physicians. The purpose of the training was to demonstrate the value of prescribing individualized physical activity for the prevention of, and as a complementary treatment […]
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How to spread the word about your video to win “fan favorite”

October 11, 2021 by Megan Rothermel, Ed.D, M.S., ACSM-EP, EIM2, ACUE
So, you’ve submitted your EIM-OC Mascot Challenge video, but how will you share and promote your video entry with your campus and beyond to compete for the coveted FAN FAVORITE award? A master marketing plan will help spread your video and message to a larger audience and increase the amount of “thumbs up” your video receives during the competition! All the submitted videos will be uploaded to ACSM’s YouTube channel for viewing and sharing on Wednesday, October 20.  Here […]
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All We've Shared

October 7, 2021 by Neil Peterson, Ph.D., NP-C, ACSM EIM-OC Co-Chair
As we celebrate Exercise is Medicine On Campus month, I hope you’ve gained some useful tips from our blog series on the EIM-OC Mascot Challenge. We’ve covered several areas, so I thought it appropriate to review as you finalize your video. Remember, submissions are due October 15th!  No Mascot? No Problem! Even if you do […]
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A 1000 Mile Journey – EIM Malaysia’s New Online Training Programs

September 30, 2021 by Ayman Al-Bedri, MBChB (BAG), DFM (MAL), IOC PG Dip Sp Phy (Swiss)
In 2020, after the coronavirus pandemic had spread across most of the world, EIM Malaysia found it difficult to continue conducting workshops the normal way. Adapting to the new normal, EIM Malaysia decided to switch to a more flexible approach to reach the Malaysian audience by offering their physical activity training courses online. The journey […]
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What to Include in a Mascot Challenge Video

September 30, 2021 by Carrie Davidson, Ed.D., ACSM EP-C, RYT 500
Besides the mascot, iconic symbols, or your leadership team, you may be wondering what the content of your video should be. Get creative and find something that is unique to your campus or EIM-OC program.    Do you have a unique way of referring to fitness professionals?    Is there a certain question that is included in your PAVS?    […]
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Top 5 Things to Consider When Creating Your Mascot Challenge Video

September 23, 2021 by Erica Rauff, Ph.D.
The EIM On Campus Committee encourages you to get REUNITED IN MOVEMENT, the theme for the 2021 Mascot Challenge videos! This annual competition invites registered EIM-OC programs to submit a short video to show how they are encouraging community members on their campus to move more, and campuses can win a cash prize. My team at Seattle University wanted to share our top five things to consider when creating your Mascot Challenge video!  Tip #1 – […]
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“How To” Use Your Entire EIM-OC Leadership Team in Your Mascot Challenge Video

September 17, 2021 by Sasha McBurse, M.S., ACSM-CEP, EP, EIM Level 3
After reviewing the theme of this year’s Mascot Challenge video, it is time for your EIM-OC Leadership Team to get to work! Your team is the foundation of the EIM-OC initiative at your institution, so strive to get everyone involved in the video. Doing so creates camaraderie among the members and brings more campus awareness to […]
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What I learned the first time my EIM-OC team did the Mascot Challenge

September 10, 2021 by Debra Stroiney, Ph.D.
Last fall was the first year George Mason University participated in the EIM-OC Mascot Challenge. I learned some valuable lessons on how to create this type of video, as well as what to improve upon in the future. My advice can be summed in two words: plan ahead. Here are a few tips to help […]
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“How To” Make a Mascot Challenge Video in 5 Steps

September 3, 2021 by Carena Winters, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACSM, ACSM-CEP, EIM Level 3
You are pumped and ready to rock the Mascot Challenge video this year. Where do you begin? You have so many options to create your signature campus piece. However, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and tap into all possible resources. Here are a few steps to consider. Step 1: Review the objectives and […]
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EIM-OC Mascot Challenge: Reunited in Movement

August 26, 2021 by Carrie Davidson, Ed.D., ACSM EP-C, RYT 500
I’m not going to lie. 2020 was a rough year in many ways. In my work at the University of Kentucky, I often hear from people how hard it was to keep exercising or just keep moving around in general.  Several reasons caused this lack of movement: Gyms and fitness centers were closed Parks and […]
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A Physical Activity Toolkit for Registered Dietitians: A Collaborative Effort Between EIM & AND

August 25, 2021 by Melinda M. Manore, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM, Laura J Kruskall, Ph.D., R.D.N., CSSD, L.D., FACSM, FAND
We all know that nutrition and physical activity (PA) are important for health, yet few individuals hold credentials by accrediting organizations for practice in both areas. Many dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) don’t feel they have the knowledge, skill or confidence in providing PA counseling to their clients. They want to know if the PA advice given […]
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No Mascot? No Problem!

August 19, 2021 by Neil Peterson, Ph.D., NP-C, ACSM EIM-OC Co-Chair
Welcome to the first entry in this Mascot Challenge blog series by Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC). This series seeks to share tips and examples of how your campus can participate in the annual EIM-OC Mascot Challenge. If you’re not familiar, the annual competition invites registered EIM-OC schools to submit a short video of […]
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EIM Sri Lanka - Aiding the NCD division of the Ministry of Health

July 6, 2021 by Upul Madahapola, MBBS, D.Sp.Med (Col)
In 2015, the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine in Sri Lanka identified non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as the most pressing health concern in the country, releasing a National Multisectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2016-2020, and tasking the national NCD unit to execute this plan. The goal of the NCD […]
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Inactivity Linked to Severe COVID-19

April 22, 2021 by James Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM and Robert Sallis, M.D., FACSM
Starting March 2020, near the beginning of the pandemic, exercise scientists and clinicians published blogs about the mechanisms by which physical activity could likely reduce harm from COVID-19. There was strong evidence that physical activity improves immune function, reduces inflammation, prevents and treats most common chronic diseases, decreases the psychological and physiological burden of stress, and improves […]
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The EASY Tool: PA Screening for Older Adults

April 8, 2021 by Marcia Ory, PhD, MPH, Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP and Michael Rogers, PhD, FACSM
Admonishments about the negative health consequences of being physically inactive abound—and such concerns are important throughout the entire life-course. We now know that being more physically active at any level is associated with better physical, mental, and cognitive health for the growing number of older adults throughout the world. Yet, being encouraged to be more […]
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Update on the EIM Global Health Network

March 30, 2021 by Mark Stoutenberg, PhD, MSPH, FACSM and Robyn Stuhr, MA, ACSM-CEP, RCEP
Although the situation is different in every country, there is a glimmer of light regarding the COVID-19 pandemic with increased vaccine distribution on the way. At this pivotal moment, we want to take a moment to reflect upon the growth and development of the Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Global Network and our emergence from the […]
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Pilates in the Clinical Space

March 22, 2021 by Dominique Flores, BS, RN
Pilates, named after the creator Joseph Pilates, has earned recognition as a global fitness discipline. The growing popular exercise methodology was brought to New York City in 1926 after the German “nurse-physiotherapist” (Di Lorenzo, 2011) emigrated to the United States and began teaching his method to ballerinas and Hollywood celebrities. It has become popular among […]
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USPSTF Recommendation — A Game Changer for Lifestyle Counseling

February 4, 2021 by Joseph Ihm, MD, FACSM and Liz Joy, MD, MPH, FACSM
In November 2020, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released an updated recommendation regarding behavioral counselling  to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) in adults. The recommendation states that healthcare providers should offer or refer individuals 18 years or older, with known CVD risk factors (e.g., hypertension or elevated blood pressure or dyslipidemia), to behavioral […]
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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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EIM Australia Launches Hospital Education Program

November 6, 2020 by EIM Australia
At the beginning of 2020, Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Australia was preparing to launch the Hospital Education Program, delivered in partnership with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). This program involves the delivery of 30-60 minute presentations to medical interns in the hospital system, presented by Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) […]
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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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UNC Aims to Develop Culture of Wellness on Campus Despite Pandemic

October 20, 2020 by Kathleen Stanford, B.S., R.T.(R), RCIS Alexander Pomeroy, C.P.T. Lauren C. Bates, ACSM-CEP Kyle Tamminga, M.D. Thevy Chai, M.D. Justin B. Moore FACSM Lindsay Brookey ACSM-RCEP Lee Stoner Ph.D., M.P.H., FACSM, ACSM-EIM, ACSM-RCEP
Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC), a global initiative among college campuses, connects campus health providers with exercise professionals to provide an exercise plan for patients. The program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) was established in 2016 and recently was awarded “gold status” for its efforts by the American College of […]
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EIM Partner: Hancock Wellness Center

August 24, 2020 by Cory Hisle, M.S.
The Hancock Wellness Center is owned and operated by Hancock Health, a not-for-profit hospital in Greenfield, IN. Hancock Health’s mission statement is “to be a caring community partner by healing, improving health and wellness, alleviating suffering and delivering acts of kindness one person at a time.”  We try to embody this mission statement in every program […]
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EIM Japan - Advocacy, Opportunity and Alignment

August 17, 2020 by Shinji Sato
Japan, land of the rising sun, is globally recognized for many unique contributions to our global culture – sushi, kimonos, bowing and sumo wrestling to name a few. Another area in which Japan is becoming a global leader is through the work of the EIM Japan National Center. Formally established on July 5, 2018, EIM […]
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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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EIM Argentina: Setting up a National EIM Network

June 5, 2020 by Jorge Franchella, M.D., FACSM
Since the beginning operations in 2012, the EIM Argentina National Center has been working to expand their reach to all corners of this vast country – the 8th largest in the world. How are they working to achieve this goal?  It all started with the idea of developing a team of EIM leaders in all regions […]
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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, 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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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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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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La actividad física puede ser útil en la pandemia de coronavirus

April 2, 2020 by Jim Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM & Mike Pratt, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM
Hacer actividad física probablemente no sea una prioridad en medio de nuestra preocupación por protegernos a nosotros mismos, a nuestras familias y a nuestras comunidades durante la pandemia de coronavirus (COVID-19). Pero cuidado, quizás debería serlo, porque la actividad física puede ser una herramienta valiosa para controlar las infecciones por COVID-19 y mantener la calidad […]
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Opportunity for EIM Credentialed Pros & ACSM Certified Pros

March 25, 2020 by Liz Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, FAMSSM and Robyn Stuhr, M.A., ACSM-CEP, RCEP
The team at Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) would like to make you aware of an emerging opportunity for ACSM certified exercise professionals and those with the EIM credential.   One third of American adults have prediabetes (fasting blood glucose: 100-125 mg/dL or HbA1c 5.7 - 6.4%), and most are unaware they have it.  Without intervention, most […]
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Identifying Key Physical Activity Categories & Topics to Include in Health Care Training

March 24, 2020 by Rachele Pojednic, Ph.D., Ed.M.
We know that health care is an important sector in promoting physical activity (PA). However, few health professional training programs include PA, nor does standardized guidance exist on implementing it in the curriculum. A new study, conducted by several members of the EIM Education Committee, aimed to fill this gap by gathering expert opinion on […]
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Staying Active During COVID-19

March 20, 2020 by Liz Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, FAMSSM
*UPDATED 4/8/2020* Evolving public health guidance will result in changing recommendations on safe physical activity from the team at Exercise is Medicine. We are committed to providing the most up-to-date guidance possible to maintain healthy physical activity. The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents some challenges to maintaining a physically active lifestyle. COVID-19 is spread by […]
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Physical Activity Assessment and Counseling in Pediatric Clinical Settings

February 28, 2020 by Felipe Lobelo, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA
Over the last decades overall youth physical activity levels have decreased. Coupled with rising rates of obesity, increases in the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus, and declines in estimated life expectancy, the role of physical activity on child and later adult health remains an important component of preventive care and disease treatment. Despite the […]
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Meet the Speaker: Lindsay Nagamatsu, Ph.D.

February 20, 2020 by Exercise is Medicine
Lindsay Nagamatsu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Kinesiology | Western University in Canada ACSM Annual Meeting Highlighted Symposium: Exercise and Dementia: Current Evidence and Opportunities in Prevention and Treatment |  Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 3:15-5:15pm PST Vancouver native, Lindsay Nagamatsu, Ph.D., completed all three of her degrees (B.A., M.A. and Ph.D.) in Psychology at the University of British […]
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Meet the Speaker: Narlon C Boa Sorte Silva, BSc

February 20, 2020 by Exercise is Medicine
Narlon C Boa Sorte Silve, BsC in Physical Education Ph.D. Candidate at School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences | Western University in Canada ACSM Annual Meeting Highlighted Symposium: Exercise and Dementia: Current Evidence and Opportunities in Prevention and Treatment |  Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 3:15-5:15pm PST Born and raised in Brazil, Narlon C Boa […]
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EIM in Chile

November 22, 2019 by Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., FACSM
Clínica MEDS, established in 1992, is the leading sports medicine center in Chile with nine clinics across the country. Their commitment to promote physical activity as an integral part of an individual’s health and well-being is demonstrated through their decision to host the EIM Chile National Center. This past year, seven Clínica MEDS sites took […]
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EIM On Campus Profile: Baldwin Wallace University

November 19, 2019 by Amy Jo Sutterluety
Despite toasty weather, on Tuesday, October 1st students, staff and faculty of Baldwin Wallace University met on campus for the 30-Day Walking Challenge Kick-Off event. Provost Stephen Stahl declared October as Exercise is Medicine On Campus month, and participants walked along the new Wellness Walking Path. Along the new path, Stinger logos are painted to […]
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Community Care Clinic of Rowan County

October 22, 2019 by Jenn West
The Community Care Clinic of Rowan provides medical services at no cost to low income, uninsured adult residents living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (currently $23,540 for individual and $48,500 for a family of four) in Rowan County, North Carolina. These residents experience chronic disease at higher rates than insured residents with […]
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EIM-OC Mascot Challenge Voting OPEN!

October 14, 2019 by Shelby Mandla, EIM Program Manager
Exercise is Medicine® On Campus Mascot Challenge  There were 31 schools who braved the third annual Exercise is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) Mascot Challenge! The EIM-OC Committee is excited to share these videos and hopes you will consider voting on your favorite video.  The video with the most likes or “thumbs up” on their video by 5 […]
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EIM On Campus Profile: Yale University

September 5, 2019 by Brooks Leitner
Exercise is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) at Yale University emerged in 2018 when a group of motivated medical students wanted to bring change onto their campus. The group was co-founded by MD/PhD student Brooks Leitner; Dr. Melinda Irwin, Ph.D., MPH, who has given keynote lectures at ACSM meetings; Tara Sanft, M.D., a medical oncologist; Scott Capozza, PT, […]
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EIM On Campus Profile: Michigan State University

August 14, 2019 by Jim Pivarnik, PhD, FACSM, Kristin Traskie, MPH, & Kerri Vasold
The Michigan State University Exercise is Medicine On Campus initiative is IMPACTFUL. Through the initiative we have expanded our student’s knowledge beyond the physical and we educate them about positive benefits of regular physical activity on mental and social health as well as academic success.  Furthermore, we have worked to debunk the misperception that exercise […]
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EIM Partner: Park Rx America

July 15, 2019 by Dr. Robert Zarr
Exercise is Medicine® is proud to announce it's new partnership with Park Rx America!     Park Rx America is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate health professionals about the benefits of prescribing nature and to provide an electronic platform through which registered health professionals can easily locate and prescribe visits to nearby nature-rich […]
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EIM Country Highlight: Integrating Physical Activity into Hong Kong Public Health Clinics

June 19, 2019 by Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., FACSM
A little more than three years ago, Professor Stanley HUI, Director of the EIM Hong Kong (EIM-HK) National Center, approached the Hong Kong Jockey Club with the idea of integrating physical activity into the Hong Kong public health system and connecting patients to trained exercise professionals in community settings. After nearly two years of refining […]
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EIM Greenville Testimonial

May 9, 2019 by Lee Ann Ragsdale
"At 296 pounds I did not enjoy life. I had no energy or desire to do anything, and I forced myself out of bed just to go to work every day. When my doctor suggested the Exercise is Medicine program, I was interested but I couldn’t say I was thrilled. However, I knew something had to give and […]
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2019 European Initiative for Exercise is Medicine

April 25, 2019 by Willem van Mechelen, MD, PhD, FACSM
In 2015, the European Initiative for Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) was founded as an independent non-profit non-governmental organization as the EIM Center for Europe, in close collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The Mission: It was felt that more should be done to address physical inactivity and to promote exercise in health […]
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EIM On Campus Profile: Glendale Community College (AZ)

April 11, 2019 by Louise So, M.A
Glendale Community College (GCC), serves a population of over 20,000 students in Glendale, Arizona. It is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. GCC has an exceptionally active Fitness & Wellness Department and Employee Wellness Program on campus. To enhance the wellness of our students and employees, GCC has incorporated Exercise […]
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Augusta Health Fitness: Cancer Rx

March 20, 2019 by Sharon Spalding, Cancer Exercise Specialist
Stop by the medical fitness space of Augusta Health on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, and you may be surprised to see and hear some of the participants. They might be moving slowly, or they may be going at a brisk pace. They could have lost their hair or have a pretty scarf on their head.  […]
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EIM Malaysia: A Phoenix Rises from the Ashes

March 13, 2019 by Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., FACSM
Exercise is Medicine (EIM) was first introduced to Malaysia in 2013 through the support of the Malaysian Olympic Committee. During its first years of existence, EIM Malaysia trained more than 270 health care providers and exercise professionals across the country. Unfortunately, EIM Malaysia disbanded three years later due to a change in leadership and direction […]
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Become a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

December 3, 2018 by Cathy Mullooly, MS, RCEP, CDE
As more and more individuals are diagnosed with diabetes and pre-diabetes, there is an even greater need for professionals with expertise in lifestyle management to help them prevent or control their diabetes. Exercise physiologists have an opportunity to join the healthcare team by expanding their knowledge and scope of practice as certified diabetes educators. An […]
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EIM Poland: A Success Story Born Out of Humble Origins

November 26, 2018 by Mark Stoutenberg, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., FACSM
Many times, the launch of an Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) National Center is initiated by a Ministry of Health, a national sports medicine organization or a major health care system. EIM Poland had a much humbler beginning, guided by two visionaries: Dr. Anna Plucik-Mrożek, an internal medicine physician, and Malgorzata (Gosia) Perl, a certified exercise […]
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ACSM/EIM Partners with American Association of Nurse Practitioners

November 10, 2018 by Exercise is Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine  (ACSM) and Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) excitedly announce a new partnership with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP), the largest full-service national professional membership organizations for nurse practitioners of all specialties with more than 91,000 members. AANP seeks to empower all nurse practitioners (NPs) to advance quality health […]
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Compelling Study Shows High Levels of Fitness Equals Lowest All-Cause Mortality

October 26, 2018 by Elizabeth A. Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM
A study recently published in JAMA Network Open looking at more than 120,000 adults who had a treadmill exercise test found that those who were at the highest level of cardiorespiratory fitness (aka, elite performers) had the lowest all-cause mortality rates. There was “no ceiling” on fitness and mortality; those with the highest fitness –2 standard […]
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Translating Scientific Information into Ready-to-Use Recommendations

October 1, 2018 by Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM
What does it MEAN? Too often in our day-to-day interactions with clients and patients we inadvertently use terminology and lingo that has become common for us as we interact with colleagues; yet it is anything but clear for most people outside of our field. Consider these examples: What is VO2max and how does it reflect […]
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National Center Spotlight: EIM Canada

January 31, 2018 by EIM Canada
Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) in Nova Scotia, a province in Eastern Canada, was selected to present at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Nova Scotia Health Authority as one of the 20 most innovative approaches to supporting healthy people, healthy communities – for generations. Here, we take a deeper look at the key strategies undertaken by EIM […]
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