American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is pleased to continue the ACSM American Fitness Index ™ (AFI), a signature program created in partnership with the Wellpoint Foundation. ACSM developed the program in 2007 to provide an evidence- and science-based measurement of the state of health and fitness at the community level throughout the U.S. Communities, organizations and individuals will be able to assess factors that contribute to health and fitness and measure the progress.
To make physical activity and exercise a standard part of a global disease prevention and treatment medical paradigm. For physical activity to be considered by all health care providers as a vital sign in every patient visit, and that patients are effectively counseled and referred as to their physical activity and health needs, thus leading to overall improvement in the public's health and long-term reduction in health care cost. Exercise is Medicine will be a sustainable global initiative that: 1. Creates broad awareness that exercise is indeed medicine. 2.
The inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, held in conjunction with ACSM's 57th Annual Meeting, marked the official global launch of this initiative. Attendees gained valuable resources and recommendations on how to implement Exercise is Medicine strategies in their respective countries and communities.
Exercise is Medicine on Campus is an initiative of the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) program that calls on universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM on Campus encourages faculty, staff and students to work together on improving the health and well-being of everyone on their campus. Connecting on-campus health care providers with on-campus fitness centers and opportunities allows the entire campus community to benefit from exercise counseling and referrals, with support from the institution's health care providers and fitness professionals.