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Exercise is Medicine®: A Global Health Initiative
The vision of Exercise is Medicine® (EIM), a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is 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.
Exercise is Medicine® encourages physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans and to refer patients to evidence-based exercise programs and qualified exercise professionals. Exercise is Medicine® is committed to the belief that physical activity promotes optimal health and is integral in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions.
One of the most important decisions your patients will make regarding their overall health is to incorporate regular physical activity (PA) into their lifestyles.
Your encouragement may be the greatest influence on this decision. The EIM Summary Sheet provides a quick overview of Exercise is Medicine® and how you can activate EIM in your practice. To help guide you in the implementation process, EIM has developed a Health Care Providers’ Action Guide – a simple and effective tool to help you prescribe PA in the right “dosage” and the Rx for Health series of patient handouts to support your message.
The Action Guide provides specific guidance in working with your patients, regardless of their level of readiness to make a change. We understand your time is limited and every minute counts. This Action Guide empowers you to maximize time with your patients by helping you:
- Assess the current PA levels of your patients;
- Develop and use exercise prescriptions based on the health status and current activity level of your patients; and
- Refer your patient to a certified exercise professional
Key tools in the Health Care Providers’ Action Guide include:
- Simple tips for starting the conversation about PA with your patients
- Safety screening tools and instructions
- Physical Activity Vital Sign (PAVS) questionnaire
- EIM Physical Activity Prescription Form and referral tools to help get your patients to qualified exercise professionals
- Guidance on developing a network of qualified and trusted exercise professionals
Qualified exercise professionals are integral to Exercise is Medicine®. Health care providers must be able to expand their reach of care and refer patients for exercise guidance by qualified exercise professionals or allied health care staff.
- Some patients will benefit from the clinical guidance and monitoring provided by cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation programs. These programs are often staffed by clinical exercise physiologists and nurse (In Malaysia MSc Clinical Exercise Science, Clinical Exercise Specialist and Cardiac Rehabilitation Physiotherapist). A clinical exercise physiologist is an allied healthcare professional who utilizes scientific rationale to design, administer and supervise exercise testing and therapeutic training programs for individuals with chronic health disorders, including but not limited to cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease and metabolic disorders.
- Other patients need treatment and individualized exercise for musculoskeletal or neuromuscular conditions prior to engaging in a broader physical activity program. Physical therapists, occupational therapists and athletic trainers play a key role in this area.
PUBLIC HEALTH ALLIANCE
Research has proven that exercise at the correct intensity and duration, not only improves the quality of life - it decreases the incidence of disease, chronic health conditions and obesity.
This website can provide you with some important information and simple tools for using exercise as a ‘medicine’ to assist you in staying active and improving your quality of life. If you are interested in learning about how to incorporate exercise into your treatment plan, we recommend that you visit one of our EIM certified doctors to discuss physical activity as part of a disease prevention and management strategy.