Dear Health Care Provider,
What if there was one prescription that could prevent and treat dozens of diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity? Would you prescribe it to your patients? Certainly.
The guiding principles of Exercise is Medicine® are shared by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA). They are designed to help improve the health and well-being of our nation through a regular physical activity prescription from doctors and other health care providers.
The guiding principles of Exercise is Medicine are as follows:
- Exercise and physical activity are important to health and the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases
- More should be done to address physical activity and exercise in healthcare settings
- ACSM and AMA are making efforts to bring a greater focus on physical activity and exercise in healthcare settings
Please feel free to peruse this Web site for additional information. You will find a more detailed description of Exercise is Medicine, ways you can counsel patients on their exercise regimens, and information on how physical activity can be an integral part of any patient’s healthcare program.
We urge you to make exercise consultation a regular, important part of your interaction with every patient at every visit.
Thank you very much for your interest in this initiative. We look forward to working with you more in the future to help advance the Exercise is Medicine program.
Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM
Task Force Chairman, Exercise is
of Sports Medicine
Ronald M. Davis, M.D., FACPM
Past-President, American Medical
[Editor's note: We regret to inform you that Dr. Davis passed away in Nov. 2008. ACSM plans to honor his legacy through a memorial fund.]
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Exercise is Medicine thanks the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association for their contributions to the development of this action guide.
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Exercise is Medicine® Nurses' Action Guide
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