In 2007, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) co-launched Exercise is Medicine (EIM) - a United States-based health initiative that has since been coordinated by ACSM. The initial purpose of EIM was to make the scientifically proven benefits of physical activity the standard in the U.S. healthcare system. Within two years of its launch, representatives from international public health, medical and scientific associations asked ACSM to expand its initial scope beyond the United States and begin a multinational collaboration to make EIM a global effort, launching the EIM Global headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. Currently there are seven regional centers and 43 national centers across the globe.
The vision of EIM is to:
- Have healthcare providers assess every patient's level of physical activity at every clinic visit
- Determine if the patient is meeting the U.S. National Physical Activity Guidelines
- Provide patients with brief counseling to help him/her meet the guidelines and/or refer the patient to either healthcare or community-based resources for further physical activity (PA) counseling.