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What is Exercise is Medicine?

What is the Cost?

How long is the EIM program?

What is the purpose of EIM?

Which patients can I refer to EIM?

Who can refer to EIM?

Why are physicians necessary to EIM?

What is Exercise is Medicine?

Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a provider-referral program offered by the FirstHealth Fitness.  The referral gives the patient an opportunity to be consulted on goals providers set for them, and on the role exercise will have in their treatment plan. Our staff will address their questions and provide the patient a safe exercise prescription.  

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 Medical Fitness Program?

The Medical Fitness Program is eight weeks and allows exercise specialists to work closely with patients, modify exercise prescriptions and communicate progress to referring health care providers.   

What is the purpose of EIM?

The main purpose for the EIM program is to partner with providers 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 provider from any location can refer patients to the program.

Why are providers necessary to EIM?

When providers formally provide referrals and resources, sedentary patients are more likely to act on the prescription. 

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