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Frequently Asked Questions

For Patients

What is Exercise is Medicine?
Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a physician-referral program hosted by the FirstHealth Centers for Health & Fitness.  The program allows you to meet with an exercise specialist to develop goals and receive an Exercise Prescription along with a two-week complimentary membership in the FirstHealth fitness center of your choice. 

What is the Cost?
EIM participation is FREE. There are no charges for the patient’s visits with the exercise specialist, and the patient’s insurance will not be billed.  The only costs that will incur are for patients who choose fee services such as membership, personal training and personal nutrition counseling. 

What can I expect?
The Membership Program is approximately six months, and you will meet with the exercise specialist at least four times. The Home Program is approximately three months, and you will meet with the exercise specialist three times. Both programs have an initial assessment that lasts one hour, and all follow-up appointments last 15-30 minutes. 

What should I bring to my Initial Assessment?
You should come to your to all of your assessments in comfortable clothing and appropriate exercise shoes.  For your initial assessment, bring a list of your current medications and information regarding your medical history.

What is the purpose of EIM?
The main purpose for the EIM program is to partner with physicians who can help you understand and act on using regular exercise as a method of treatment for attaining and maintaining health. 

Am I right for the program?
The program is for individuals who do not currently participate in at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week, who are at risk for chronic diseases, who are currently dealing with chronic conditions (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, etc.), or anyone who needs assistance beginning and incorporating an exercise plan into their lifestyle. 

How can I participate in the program?
Communicate with your physician about incorporating exercise into you lifestyle.  Should your physician approve, have him or her complete the Exercise is Medicine Referral Form and fax it to (910) 715-1850.  You will receive a phone call to set up your initial appointment. 

Why physicians are necessary to EIM?
When physicians formally provide referrals and resources, individuals are more likely to act on the prescription. It is important to keep your doctor informed about changes in your health status as these changes may affect medication requirements.   

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For Physicians

What is Exercise is Medicine?
Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a physician-referral program offered by the FirstHealth Centers for Health & Fitness.  The program allows patients to meet with an exercise specialist to develop goals and receive an exercise prescription along with a two-week complementary membership in the FirstHealth Center for Health & Fitness of their choice. 

What is the Cost?
EIM participation is FREE.  There are no charges for the patient’s visits with the exercise specialist, and the patient’s insurance will not be billed.  The only costs that will incur are for patients who choose fee services such as membership, personal training and personal nutrition counseling. 

How long is the EIM program?
The program will last approximately three months should the patient choose the Home Program and approximately six months for the patient who chooses the Membership Program.  Home Program patients have the opportunity to meet with their exercise specialist three times. Membership Program patients will meet with the exercise specialist at least four times and have access to all membership amenities, medical fitness staff and fitness coaches.  Each meeting will allow the exercise specialist to reassess the patient, modify the exercise prescription and communicate progress to the referring health care provider.   

What is the purpose of EIM?
The main purpose for the EIM program is to partner with physicians who can lead patients to understand and act on using regular exercise as a method of treatment for attaining and maintaining health. 

Which patients can I refer to EIM?
Patients who identify with one or more of the following:

  • Does not currently participate in at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week
  • Is at risk for chronic diseases
  • Is currently dealing with chronic conditions (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, etc.)
  • Needs assistance beginning and incorporating an exercise plan into his/her lifestyle 

Who can refer to EIM?
Any physician from any location can refer patients to the program.

Why are physicians necessary to EIM?
When physicians formally provide referrals and resources, sedentary patients are more likely to act on the prescription. 

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