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Active Voice: Q&A — The Exercise is Medicine® Credential

from By Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., FACSM

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Deborah Riebe is a professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island. She currently serves as chair of ACSM’s board of certification, the Committee on Certification and Registry Boards. Dr. Riebe is an associate editor of the upcoming 9th edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.

SMB: Why was the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) credential program created?

Physical activity plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases. Physicians and other health care providers often don’t have the time to go beyond the simple recommendation of “exercise more” and many do not have the training necessary to develop an appropriate exercise prescription. Since there is no licensure in our field (except in Louisiana for clinical exercise specialists) and because there are more than 300 certifications available, it is often difficult for health care providers to identify exercise professionals with demonstrated competence to work with patient populations. The EIM credential helps physicians navigate this challenge and provides the opportunity for the medical community to work closely with exercise professionals. more

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