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Exercise is Medicine® is an ACSM initiative focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients. Proposals should focus on the integration of exercise into health and heath care. Topics include developing and implementing collaborations with health care providers and facilitating referrals to certified fitness professionals.

Standardization of Community-based Supervised Exercise Programs: A Pathway to Provider Engagement

Live Q&A:
April 8
9:45-10:15 AM EDT

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James Groves

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Timothy Marshall

Multiple approaches to providing exercise programs for person's with chronic medical conditions in community settings have surfaced over the past decade. However, most have evolved without any evidence of efficacy or efforts to standardize implementation. This session will present an evidence-based model for implementing Community-based Supervised Exercise Programs (CSEP's) and discuss the significance of this model in relation to the movement toward value-based health care.

Extreme Exercise and Cardiovascular Health: Changing Paradigms and Perceptions

Live Q&A:
April 9
11:30 AM-12:00 PM EDT


Barry Franklin

Escalating numbers of adults have now embraced the notion that more exercise is invariably better. However, vigorous exercise, particularly when performed by inactive, unfit individuals can trigger acute cardiac events. Accelerated coronary artery calcification, exercise-induced cardiac biomarker release, atrial fibrillation and higher rates of cardiac events have also been reported in the most active population cohorts. Plus, concern over the safety of HIIT for clients with known or suspected congenital heart defects suggest that it should not be recommended, especially in unsupervised, non-medical settings. Learn about the practical implications of this data for health fitness professionals and the clients they serve.

The Value of Exercise is Medicine® through the Fitness Professional Lens

Live Q&A:
April 9
3:15-3:45 PM EDT


Brad Roy


Robyn Stuhr

Learn how you can enhance your professional development through the updated EIM Credential. Get an advance peek at the new requirements, structure and engaging EIM online course that will give you the knowledge and confidence to work with individuals who have common chronic diseases or medical challenges, including aging clients and those with prediabetes and osteoarthritis. Discover how you can carve out opportunities within fitness facilities and health care systems who recognize the relative value of EIM to their business model. If you want to make a difference in the lives of those who most need physical activity, join the EIM team!


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