Fitness Pros get Involved with Exercise is Medicine™ Month 2010
April 30, 2010
Exercise is Medicine™ Month is quickly approaching! In the third installment of this special recognition month for exercise counseling and the benefits of physical activity, it’s easy to get involved. Before and during the month of May, you can:
- Secure a governor’s or mayor’s proclamation from your state governor or local mayor declaring May as Exercise is Medicine Month. After getting your elected official’s signature, send us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can recognize your efforts. If you secure a proclamation, ask the mayor to hold a special press announcement or event signifying EIM Month. It’s an opportunity for them to showcase their commitment to the importance of physical activity.
- Ask physicians in your area to write exercise prescriptions for their patients with this easy-to-use form, or give the form to health care providers in your area. Doing so can help forge a connection between health care and fitness.
- Utilize the resources in the EIM Health & Fitness Professionals’ Action Guide. In this guide, you’ll find information on the exercise prescription and referral process and much more.
- Sign up for EIM updates and tools. You’ll receive more ideas and resources for integrating Exercise is Medicine into your professional life.
May 2010 is the third annual Exercise is Medicine™ Month. Exercise is Medicine™ Month celebrates May as the special recognition month for Exercise is Medicine™ and as a time for everyone to recognize, emphasize and celebrate the valuable health benefits of exercise on a national scale.
Exercise greatly reduces serious risks to your health. Simply increasing physical activity a little can help you and your clients prevent many illnesses and improve your health, fitness and well-being. Celebrate Exercise is Medicine™ Month this May and become more physically active and healthy.
Check back frequently for more ideas on how to participate in Exercise is Medicine™ Month 2010. In the meantime, be sure the check out http://www.exerciseismedicine.org/ for tool kits, resources and more information.
You can start now. May is Exercise is Medicine™ Month. Simply sign up for a free, one-month email series for Health Care Providers, Fitness Professionals or Tips for the Public. Go ahead! Because Exercise is Medicine.
Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, ACSM is chair of Exercise is Medicine™.