Exercise is Medicine: A Game Plan for Linking Health Clubs and Healthcare

  • Wednesday, 10/04/2017: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Room: Third Floor, Marquette Room
  • Session Number:   CL10


Exercise is Medicine is a global health initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine focused on routine assessment and prescription of physical activity by healthcare providers including connecting patients to qualified fitness professionals, especially within health clubs in their communities. Physical activity and exercise are integral in the promotion of wellness and the prevention and treatment of diseases and should be a routine part of every patient visit. But if you ask doctors about exercise, they likely will say their patients don't get enough. If you ask health clubs and fitness professionals, they complain that doctors don't know how to effectively direct patients to them. This session will demonstrate how to fundamentally change that reality. It will provide the essentials for how health clubs can become powerfully connected with the healthcare community, thereby empowering your club in not only providing a valuable service but also creating more clients and customers.

Take-aways include:

  • EIM focus on what physicians and healthcare systems expect,
  • Proven strategies for fitness professionals to align with physicians, other healthcare providers, and healthcare systems, and
  • The keys to highly effective physician referrals to allied health professionals. 

Educational Credits: 

AFAA 1 / ACE 0.1 / ACSM (TBD) / NASM 0.1 / NSCA 0 / NCSF 1 / NETA 1.25 / SCW (TBD) / WITS 0.5 Handouts


Liz Joy

MD, MPH, Medical Director
Intermountain Healthcare

Mike Alpert

The Claremont Club

Walter Thompson, Ph.D, FACSM, FAACVPR

American College of Sports Medicine