A CRITICAL CALL TO ACTION 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. 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 medical care.
EIM strives to integrate physical activity (PA) as a standard in healthcare and promote PA in community settings by linking patients to community resources as a form of a continued care model. This ‘pyramid of care' is comprised of three primary stakeholders:
In the community setting, EIM can be applied across the entire lifespan as designated by these primary population groups:
It is within the local community setting that these populations converge and interact, forming together as a collective ‘Community Population’. Finally, it is important to remember that there yet remains one segment of the population that does not always receive adequate care and medical attention: individuals within the Underserved Populations.
It is the mission of EIM to work with and behalf of healthcare systems and community resources so that the long-term health and wellness benefit of PA can be realized to each of these Community Populations, regardless of age or location.