Strategic Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives

From anti-doping advocacy to childhood obesity prevention, ACSM's signature initiatives and programs focus on some of the most critical issues in sports medicine and exercise science today. Visit each of the websites to get involved in the cause.


Exercise is Medicine® (EIM), a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), encourages primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans and to refer patients to evidence-based exercise programs and qualified exercise professionals, especially those with the EIM credential.


Annually, the ACSM American Fitness Index (Fitness Index) ranks the 100 largest cities in the United States on a composite of health behaviors, chronic diseases, and community infrastructure. The Fitness Index celebrates healthy, active lifestyles and encourages city leaders to change policies and systems to support these behaviors.


We find ourselves at a crossroad when it comes to physical inactivity and its negative effects on health, the environment and the economy. ActivEarth recognizes the ramifications of the status quo and is driving change by addressing the challenges people and their communities face to active transportation.


The National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute is dedicated to being the recognized leader and advocate for advancing and disseminating the latest research and evidence-based education, recommendations and policy to enhance the experience, development, health and safety of our youth in sports.