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RECAP: EXERCISE IS MEDICINE™ MONTH
Toolkits, proclamations provide opportunities for involvement

Exercise is Medicine™ (EIM) Month, a special time to recognize the initiative and physical activity, may be over for 2009, but there is still much to celebrate.

May brought in the support of numerous governors and mayors across the country. Messages proclaiming May as “Exercise is Medicine Month” emphasized the health benefits of exercise and encouraged citizens to open a dialogue with their physicians and other health care providers about exercise. Learn what resources and actions are available to you for next year’s EIM Month.

A new toolkit was also made available at www.exerciseismedicinemonth.org with resources for physicians, fitness professionals, schools, worksites, insurance companies and the public. The Exercise is Medicine Action and Promotion Guide provides tips and tools to plan your own EIM local event or activity during EIM Month in May or throughout the year, including a PowerPoint slide deck.

EIM Month was also a substantial time for online sign-ups. EIM now has thousands of health care providers, fitness professionals and members of the public signed up as supporters, in addition to more than 150 organizational network members worldwide.

In order to promote physical activity to children and decrease the prevalence of childhood obesity, EIM partnered with the Youth Fitness Coalition through its signature program, Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) Day. Project ACES events took place on May 6 and throughout EIM Month in all 50 states and countries around the world, such as England, South Africa, Poland, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Liberia and Taiwan.

Many EIM supporters took a grassroots approach to promoting physical activity in their own communities. For example, ACSM member Sophia Lal, D.O., worked with a local YMCA to bring together physicians and fitness professionals, waiving the membership fee for those who brought in an exercise prescription during the month of May. Employees at Fagan Sports Medicine and Eskridge & White Physiotherapy committed to taking the stairs to and from work throughout the day. Others simply used EIM Month as an opportunity to get active by walking after work with family.

ACSM would like to thank the members, regional chapters and other EIM supporters who contacted their local officials in order to obtain these proclamations. We appreciate your continued efforts to bring a greater focus on physical activity and exercise in health care settings. Use the resources at www.exerciseismedicine.org to gear up for EIM Month next year!

Special thanks to those in the following cities and states who made an extraordinary contribution:

Alabama
Alaska
California (Fresno)
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida (and the city of Sarasota)
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Louisiana (and the cities of Bossier City, Shreveport)
Maine
Michigan
Mississippi
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Dakota (and the city of Minot)
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Texas (and city of Houston)
Vermont
Virginia

To view and download all proclamations, visit www.exerciseismedicinemonth.org.


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