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ACSM Publishes New Book on Exercise as Medicine

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2011
Physicians, other health care providers encouraged to effectively prescribe exercise

INDIANAPOLIS – Your next prescription may not be as costly as your last, as you may leave the doctor’s office with a prescription to exercise. As part of the nationally recognized program asking physicians worldwide to prescribe physical activity to their patients, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) today announced the publication of “ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™: A Clinician’s Guide to Exercise Prescription.”

The Exercise is Medicine™ initiative creates a forum for physicians and their patients to interact about personal health benefits that may be achieved through exercise and physical activity.  In the book, authors Steven Jonas, M.D., MPH, M.S., and Edward M. Phillips, M.D., craft a comprehensive physicians’ guide to prescribing exercise to patients.

“ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™: A Clinician’s Guide to Exercise Prescription” explains how to design practical exercise programs for otherwise healthy patients of all ages and fitness levels, as well as those with special conditions such as pregnancy, obesity, and cancer. The book also includes in-depth discussions of both the lifestyle approach to exercising regularly and the structured exercise approach.

“This book serves as a resource for physicians, while providing the unique opportunity for health care professionals to personalize the benefits of physical activity to each patient,” said Phillips. “As physicians, we only have a limited amount of time we can spend with each patient. This book is a simple guide for using this short time to effectively speak about physical activity.”

“Three-Minute Drills” — which cover the theory and practice of promoting regular exercise with patients, in small, manageable segments — are one feature of the publication written for health care professionals with limited time or resources.

According to Phillips, the chapters on mobilizing patient motivation are particularly significant. “Only your physician knows your particular background and medical history,” Phillips said. “Your physician can give you the basic message to get physically active, but motivation is central to the whole idea.”

ACSM guidelines and recommendations on exercise and exercise-related issues are utilized in the book. Other contributors include Jennifer Capell, PT, MSc, MPH; Evonne Kaplan-Liss, M.D., MPH; and Mary Ellen Renna, M.D.

Supporters of the book include the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport and ACSM immediate past President Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, who launched the Exercise is Medicine program during his presidency.

Sallis writes, “The cost of inactivity is staggering, with an estimated 250,000 premature deaths annually in the U.S. directly attributed to inactivity and the costs of medical care for inactive patients dwarfing that required to care for active ones.”

In addition to the American College of Sports Medicine, “ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™: A Clinician’s Guide to Exercise Prescription” is published in cooperation with the Harvard Medical School’s Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and the American College of Preventive Medicine.

The following organizations have also endorsed this book:

Kaiser Permanente
Apollo Hospitals Group
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
American Council on Exercise
American Physical Therapy Association
IDEA Health & Fitness Association
Medical Fitness Association
National Association for Health and Fitness
National Athletic Trainers’ Association
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
National Strength and Conditioning Association

The book debuts on March 2, 2009 from publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. To pre-order a copy of the book, please visit or call 1-800-638-3030. Book excerpts are available to the media upon request. Please contact Exercise is Medicine at or 317-352-3818 for more information.


The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 35,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

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