Regular physical activity can prevent and treat chronic disease, including conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Exercise is Medicine (EIM), a global initiative launched in 2007 by the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine, recognizes that many things prevent people being physically active.
EIM encourages physical activity by creating a dialogue between people and their healthcare providers about the importance of being physically active. Healthcare providers participating in EIM write prescriptions for increased amounts of weekly physical activity and refer people to a member of the EIM Referral Network based on their needs and preferences. EIM Referral Network members are community-based exercise providers and locations, including parks and gyms. More information on Chatham County’s EIM Referral Network is coming soon.
The Chatham Health Alliance’s EIM program aims to improve the health of Chatham County residents by preventing and reducing the effects of chronic disease through physical activity.
Chatham County EIM goals:
• Increase physical activity, with ultimate goal of 150 minutes per week
• Improve health and functioning through weight loss and chronic disease management
• Reduce healthcare costs through disease prevention and management