Exercise is Medicine - a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine

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Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) that is focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients and referring their patients to EIM Credentialed Exercise Programs and Exercise Professionals.

EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity is integral in the prevention and treatments of diseases and should be regularly assessed and “treated” as part of all healthcare.

The EIM Solution is the integration of physical activity into healthcare and the linking of patients to evidence-based community resources. The EIM Solution is achieved through a partnership between healthcare leaders and community stakeholders building a “bridge of trust” for the coordinated care of at-risk population groups with the ultimate goal of implementing interventions that will slow, stop, and reverse the progression of chronic diseases.

The adoption of Population Health Management strategies by healthcare stakeholders has created a significant opportunity for physical activity to be established as a standard in healthcare. The consolidation of health systems is accelerating the adoption of Population Health Management strategies, such as the EIM Solution, to improve the coordination of population healthcare strategies for the benefits of their patients, employees, and as part of community outreach initiatives.

The application of the EIM Solution is achieved by:

- Assessing physical activity levels of each patient at every clinic visit. The most effective way to accomplish this is to embed a “Physical Activity Vital Sign (PAVS)” into electronic health records (EHRs).

- Providing patients with an exercise “prescription” that can be tailored for their specific disease conditions.

- Referring patients to a trusted network of local evidence-based PA programs led by qualified professionals.

MoBikeFed comment: A video explaining the EIM concept is here:


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