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Robert Sallis, MD
Robert Sallis, M.D.
Ronald David, MD
Ronald Davis, M.D.

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

2007-08 Past-President, American College

 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.


Exercise is Medicine® Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for Graduating Medical Students

As Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) continues to embrace the vision of establishing physical activity as a vital sign within health care, EIM understands that informing and educating our future health care professionals about physical activity is extremely important. EIM has identified that standard medical school curriculum rarely includes education about exercise and physical activity and given the current epidemic of disease related to physical inactivity, it is vital that future health care providers are trained to understand the relationship between physical activity and health. The EIM Education Committee has taken the first step in establishing standards in exercise and physical activity education with medical school curriculum by identifying the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) related to physical activity that every medical student should possess upon graduation. Click here to view the KSAs. The KSAs symbolize the structure needed to introduce a basic physical activity curriculum into all medical schools.


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Exercise is Medicine® Nurses' Action Guide

Click here to download the Nurses' Action Guide, presented in partnership with the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.



Exercise is Medicine® Resources for Health Care Providers


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