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Exercise is Medicine in Health Care Workshop

Exercise Vital Sign: Every visit; Every time

EIMC Presents “Physical Activity Counseling and Exercise Prescription in Health Care

As of January 2017, this Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 14 Mainpro+ credits.

The Exercise Vital Sign (EVS) is the most important vital sign you need to monitor with the majority of patients seen in primary care today. Explore the evidence on the impact of physical activity and exercise on your patient's physical and mental health. Learn how to efficiently integrate the EVS into your daily practice and to provide basic exercise counseling and prescription for your patients to prevent, manage and treat chronic disease.

This workshop is open to primary care providers and can to tailored to special audiences including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, chiropractors, physiotherapists and others who are interested in learning more about physical activity prescription as a practical clinical tool. 

The workshop can be delivered in various formats to suit the audience: one-hour Rounds presentation; ½ day or full day workshop with hands-on practice opportunities.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

1.     Discuss the health benefits and safety of regular physical activity and exercise with patients.

2.     Use physical activity as one of the vital signs when doing a clinical health evaluation.

3.     Provide basic physical activity counseling and exercise prescription to patients as part of regular health care visits.

4.     Utilize motivational counseling and help patients overcome barriers for health behaviour change.             

5.     Understand how to monitor aerobic exercise intensity and perform basic resistance exercises.

Click here to review our upcoming 2017 workshops and presentations!

Core Faculty: 

Dr. Pierre Frémont - MD, PhD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med (CASEM)
Sport and Exercise Medicine committee of the CFPC
Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, President

Dr. Renata Frankovich - BMath, MD, FCFP, DipSportMed
Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Past President

Dr. Michelle Fortier - Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

Dr. Jonathon Fowles, PhD, CSEP-CEP, CSCS, Clifford Shand Research Chair, Director, Centre of Lifestyle Studies, Professor, School of Kinesiology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Dr. Paul Oh - Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute / University Health Network, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

Associate Faculty:

Drs. Kara Solmundson, BC; Kathy Gaul, BC, Ron Wilson, BC; Adriaan Windt, BC; Victor Lun, AB; Kelly Brett, AB, Brian MacIntosh, AB, Patrick Ling, SK; Rob Petrella, ON; Lora Giangregorio, ON, Manon Coté, QC; Mathieu Bélanger, NB.


If you are interested in bringing this CFPC accredited workshop to your conference, hospital, health region, primary care network or family health team, please contact:

Samantha Burelle, info@exerciseismedicine.ca


 “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.”

- Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, Exercise is Medicine® Task Force Chairman

Physicians attending the inaugural April 25, 2014 workshop in Dryden, ON had this to say about their learning experience:

"Good education! Beyond what I expected."

"Great program - it's about time for us (medical practitioners in general) to have this!!"

"Excellent session! Content and presenters were very engaging. Thanks!"

"Very impressed! Thanks for bringing this program to us."

Past Presentations:

Mont Tremblant, June 7-10, 2017

Québec, May 26, 2017

Truro Nova Scotia, April 26, 2017

Victoria, BC - May 17, 2016

Toronto, ON - May 6, 2016

Ottawa, ON - April 29, 2016

Banff, AB - March 4, 2016

Sault St. Marie, ON - Feb 12, 2016

Calgary, AB - Nov 20, 2015

Montreal, QC - October 23, 2015

Burnaby, BC - September 26, 2015

Regina, SK - September 24, 2015

Moncton, NB - June 6, 2015

Winnipeg, MB - April 18, 2015

Thunder Bay, ON - March 13, 2015

Ottawa, ON, Westin Hotel - February 9, 2015

Palliser Primary Care Network, AB - January 2015

Family Medicine Forum, QC – November 2014

CSEP Annual Conference, NL - October 23, 2014

Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, ON – September 19, 2014

Queen's University Student Health Services - September 24, 2014

Sport Medicine Workshop, Queens University, ON – September 24, 2014

Charlottetown, PEI - August 25, 2014

Dryden, ON, Northwestern Health Unit - April 2014

Family Medicine Forum, BC - November 2013

Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, BC - April 2013

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