2022 ACSM Annual Meeting & World Congresses

  • May 31 - June 4, 2022 | San Diego, California USA
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The 12th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® presents cutting-edge science and practical applications of exercise to improve health.


Exercise is Medicine® (EIM), a global health initiative managed by ACSM, seeks to make physical activity assessment and exercise prescription a standard part of the disease prevention and treatment paradigm for all patients. EIM strives to connect the health care and fitness industries so patients can benefit from the tremendous health advantages associated with exercise. 

Note: Session Schedule Times in MDT (Mountain Daylight Time)

Morris/Paffenbarger Exercise is Medicine®
Keynote Lecture


Exercise or Drugs: What is the Evidence?

Tuesday, June 1
5:30 – 6:30 PM MDT

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John Ioannidis, M.D.
Stanford University
Stanford, California




Exercise and medications are often promoted and recommended as interventions for the same conditions, especially in the preventive medicine space. Most of the evidence on interventions is either about drugs alone or exercise alone, with limited head-to-head comparisons. Large network meta-analyses can offer the big picture of their relative merits and some cautious indirect evidence about their comparison.


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Exercise and Dementia: Current Evidence and Opportunities in Prevention and Treatment


Tuesday, June 1
3:30 - 5:30 PM MDT

Nicola T. Lautenschlager
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Narlon Cassio Boa Sorte Silva
Western University, London, ON, Canada

Teresa Liu-Ambrose
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Lindsay S. Nagamatsu
Western University, London, ON, Canada


The Global Health and Economic Burden of Physical Inactivity


Wednesday, June 2
8:00 - 10:00 AM MDT

Peter T. Katzmarzyk, FACSM
Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA

Melody Ding
The University of Sydney, Camperdown, Australia

Elizabeth A. Joy, FACSM
Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT

Charles E. Matthews, FACSM
National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

This session will highlight physical activity interventions in older adults at risk for cognitive decline with attention to the prescriptive components (i.e., type and intensity), outcomes and implementation. Presenters will provide evidence from clinical trials of multiple modality exercise, resistance training and HIT in a spectrum of older adults including those who are healthy with cognitive complaints, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), diabetes and stroke. They also will address the current state of knowledge and build the evidence to practice case for implementation at the community level. 

Physical inactivity is a risk factor for premature mortality and several non-communicable diseases. This symposium will explore the health and economic burden associated with physical inactivity from a global perspective. Recent data will also be presented on health care utilization and costs associated with physical inactivity from a health care system perspective, as well as novel analysis approaches to derive health and economic outcomes associated with trajectories of physical activity across the life course. 

World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®
Session Schedule

  • World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®