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ACSM to Launch Exercise is Medicine® Credential

by User Not Found | Mar 29, 2012
ACSM unveiled a new EIM credential for fitness professionals to help physicians and others identify qualified professionals.

March 29, 2012


Supports safe, effective prescription of therapeutic and preventive exercise


LAS VEGAS – “If exercise could be packed in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation,” said the late Dr. Robert N. Butler, former director of the National Institute on Aging. To encourage primary care physicians to prescribe exercise when designing treatment plans for patients, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association launched the Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) initiative in 2007.


ACSM unveiled a new EIM credential for fitness professionals during ACSM’s 16th annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition to help physicians and others identify qualified professionals.


Poor diet and physical inactivity is the second leading cause of death in the United States, but tremendous health benefits have been seen with even low levels of exercise. The EIM program is committed to the belief that exercise and physical activity are integral in the prevention and treatment of diseases, and should be assessed as part of medical care and integrated into every primary care office visit. Research has shown that physical activity and exercise can help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases.


“No patient should leave a doctor’s office without an assessment of his/her physical activity and proper prescription of an exercise program, or a referral to a qualified fitness professional,” said ACSM board of certification chair Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., FACSM, who also chairs the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island. “The EIM credential will help physicians in referring their patients to fitness professionals with the demonstrated competence to safely and effectively implement a prescribed exercise program.”


Dr. Riebe notes that the EIM credential alleviates concerns about malpractice and also helps physicians wade through the various educational levels and certifications in the field of exercise science since most health care professionals have little or no training in exercise science.


The EIM credential has three levels corresponding to the level of existing training/background of the fitness professional and ability to work with increasing levels of patient risk. It will be available by the end of April 2012. More information can be found at:



The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 45,000 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. NOTE: Information presented at the Summit represents the professional opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the American College of Sports Medicine.


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