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 care through practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership.
“AANP is pleased to welcome ACSM as a collaborating partner,” said AANP President Joyce Knestrick, PhD, C-FNP, APRN, FAANP. “Physical activity is essential to health and the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases and health conditions. Working with ACSM/EIM, NPs will address the need to make patients aware of the benefits of incorporating physical activity into their daily routine.”
EIM welcomes the opportunity to partner with AANP as part of our goal to integrate physical activity into health care and ensure patients receive physical activity assessment, prescription and/or brief counseling, and a referral to appropriate physical activity resources at every clinic visit.
“Nurse practitioners are on the front lines of patient care, positioned to have a critical impact on patients’ health through preventive health approaches, including advocacy of a physically active lifestyle. We are thrilled to partner with AANP, learn from each other, and empower patients to take charge of their health through regular physical activity,” said Robyn Stuhr, Vice President of EIM.
As part of this partnership, EIM will seek to expand physical activity educational opportunities for nurse practitioners and work to promote referral pathways, connecting patients to local exercise professionals and programs. This partnership presents the opportunity for many new and exciting collaborations between EIM and AANP to advance the joint missions to improve the quality of care and health of individuals across the United States.