Exercise is Medicine goes GOLD on UTC Campus!
Exercise is Medicine
In 2007, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) co-launched Exercise is Medicine (EIM) - a United States-based health initiative that has since been coordinated by ACSM. The initial purpose of EIM was to make the scientifically proven benefits of physical activity the standard in the U.S. healthcare system. Within two years of its launch, representatives from international public health, medical and scientific associations asked ACSM to expand its initial scope beyond the United States and begin a multinational collaboration to make EIM a global effort, launching the EIM Global headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. Currently there are seven regional centers and 43 national centers across the globe.
The vision of EIM is to:
- Have healthcare providers assess every patient's level of physical activity at every clinic visit
- Determine if the patient is meeting the U.S. National Physical Activity Guidelines
EIM On Campus
Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community by:
- Making movement a part of the daily campus culture
- Assessing physical activity at every student health visit
- Providing students the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime
- Connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription.
To see a current listing of EIM Campuses, click here!