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.