Exercise is Medicine

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What is Exercise is Medicine? 

EIM logo Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a global initiative launched in 2007 by the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine, recognizes that many things prevent people being physically active. EIM encourages physical activity by creating a dialogue between people and their healthcare providers about the importance of being physically active. Healthcare providers participating in EIM write prescriptions for increased amounts of weekly physical activity and refer people to a member of the EIM Referral Network based on their needs and preferences. EIM Referral Network members are community-based exercise providers and locations, including parks and gyms. 

Our Program 
The Alliance’s EIM program aims to improve the health of Chatham County residents by preventing and reducing the effects of chronic disease through physical activity. Chatham County EIM are goals to:

• Increase physical activity, with ultimate goal of 150 minutes per week
• Improve health and functioning through weight loss and chronic disease management
• Reduce healthcare costs through disease prevention and management
Prescribing Sites
We are currently piloting the EIM model at Piedmont Health Services’s Siler City Community Health Center. Once the pilot is complete, we will begin offering EIM to additional providers across Chatham County.  

If you are a provider, and are interested in learning more about EIM in Chatham County, contact healthalliance@chathamnc.org or call 919-545-8443. 

The Exercise is Medicine Referral Network

Central Carolina Community College
Chatham County Cooperative Extension
Chatham County Council on Aging
Chatham County Parks and Recreation
Chatham County Public Health Department
Chatham Hospital
Chatham YMCA
Chiseled Gym and Nutrition
Duke Center for Living
Joy of Movement Studio 
Ladies Fitness
O2 Fitness
Pittsboro Parks and Recreation
Siler City Parks and Recreation
Snap Fitness 
Triangle Fitness
Triangle Land Conservancy 
Zone Fitness and Tan 


If you are an exercise resource located in Chatham County, and are interested in being a part of the Exercise is Medicine Referral Network, contact healthalliance@chathamnc.org or call 919-545-8443. 

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