Exercise is Medicine
Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) is an initiative focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients.
Exercise is Medicine® is committed to the belief that exercise and physical activity are integral to the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and should be regularly assessed as part of medical care. Along with the National Physical Activity Plan, Exercise is Medicine strives to make physical activity a "vital sign" that is routinely assessed at every patient interaction with a health care provider.
EIM® at UND
Student Health Services and the University Counseling Center are able to address physical activity levels on intake questionnaires addressing physical activity as a vital sign.
Once a counselor or provider determines that exercise is part of a treatment plan, a prescription or referral will be made to contact the Wellness Center to get started and provide basic exercise guidelines to begin.
Each session will entail educational aspects on physical activity as well as an exercise session with a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer.
The EIM program will be available to all UND students – not just those who are referred. In order to be eligible for this program, you must establish that you are in need of additional assistance regarding exercise.
Benefits of Physical Activity
Regular physical activity can:
- Reduce mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer by approximately 50%.
- Lower the risk of colon cancer by over 60%.
- Reduce the risk of developing of Alzheimer's disease by approximately 40%.
- Reduce the incidence of heart disease and high blood pressure by approximately 40%.
- Lower the risk of stroke by 27%.
- Lower the risk of developing type II diabetes by 58%
- Be twice as effective in treating type II diabetes than the standard insulin prescription and can save $2250 per person per year when compared to the cost of standard drug treatment.
- Can decrease depression as effectively as Prozac or behavioral therapy.
CDC/ACSM Physical Activity Guidelines
The guiding principles of Exercise is Medicine®, a multi-organizational initiative coordinated by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), are designed to improve the health and well-being of our nation through a regular physical activity prescription from doctors and other health care providers, or from a health and fitness professional working with the health care provider. The guiding principles are as follows:
- Exercise and physical activity are important to health and the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases.
- More should be done to address physical activity and exercise in health care settings.
- Multi-organizational efforts to bring a greater focus on physical activity and exercise in health care settings are to be encouraged.