ExerCise is Medicine!

Welcome to our NEW page on staying healthy through exercise!


What if there was ONE prescription that could prevent and treat dozens of diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity?

Exercise Is MedicineExercise is that prescription!

The guiding principles of EXERCISE IS MEDICINE (EIM) are shared by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA). They are designed to help improve the health and well-being of our nation through a regular physical activity prescription from doctors and other health care providers.

The guiding principles of Exercise is Medicine are as follows:

  • Exercise and physical activity are important to health and the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases.
  • More should be done to address physical activity and exercise in healthcare settings.
  • ACSM and AMA are making efforts to bring a greater focus on physical activity and exercise in healthcare settings.

Please check out the EIM Fact Sheet which explains the problem of physical inactivity as well as the specific benefits of exercise. The basic guideline for adults over the age of 18 is to engage in 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity (or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobics).  Also, muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups performed should be performed on two or more days per week.

In a study conducted of 216 students who visited Health Servcies during Spring 2012, 74% (160) reported that they exercise 3 or more times per week!


Ideas for Increasing Activity

The Assessment Tools page on the EIM web site offers suggestions on how to get started on an exercise program.  This page includes basic body weight and stretching programs as well as online videos providing more information about exercise frequency, intensity, and duration.

In addition, the chart below provides some further suggestions for increasing activity.  Use this as a guide for going from inactive to being more active, from being sporadically active to being more consistent, or, if you are already active (congratulations!), for learning how to maintain your current activity levels.  However, if you think you are already active, you may also want to take this quiz on How Much Do You Sit?

Activity Pyramid


More Information

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