Turn Motivation into Habit and Habit into Better Health

The benefits of exercise for improved health and disease prevention are well-known. So are the challenges – people lack a routine, believe that they don’t have the time or simply haven’t made exercise a priority. We also understand that everyone needs the initial motivation and long-term support to succeed, so The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an ardent supporter and active participant in Exercise is Medicine™, a global initiative to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of disease prevention and treatment.

You Don't Have to be 100% Healthy to Start – But You do Have to Start to Become Healthier

Your Reward

  • Physical activity decreases the risk of many health issues, strengthens your bones and muscles, and improves self-image and mental health.
  • Regular exercise can help prevent injury and get you back on your feet faster after an injury.
  • Strengthening your muscles and helps prevent injury to ligaments, joints and tendons in the area.
  • If you ever need to have a procedure for an injury, the better you are going in, the better you’ll be coming out.

Get Started

Everyone has their own starting line. You may have never considered yourself an athlete or participated in any kind of fitness program, or you may have been sidelined by an injury or illness after years of intense physical activity. Where you are today isn’t the issue; it’s all about where you want to be in the future.

  • Research proves that exercise has a role in the treatment and prevention of more than 40 chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and hypertension.
  • In addition, recent studies show that exercise across a lifespan can prolong one’s life by up to three years.
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The encouraging news for everyone is that the amount of exercise needed for these health benefits is much lower than the amount needed for complete fitness.

So the next few months will pass by whether you exercise or not. Why not use those days to make a change for the better? You’ll feel stronger both physically and mentally. We’re ready when you are.

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How We Help

A key component of Exercise is Medicine is the involvement of every Ohio State health care provider, regardless of specialty, in the review and assessment of every patient’s physical activity level at every visit.

This ongoing engagement and repetitive dialogue is key. So is including a prescription for exercise or referral to a qualified fitness professional in each patient’s treatment plan following a primary care office visit. All programming after that is delivered by professionals with American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) credentials and Exercise is Medicine (EIM) training.

Take the next step

Take the next step

Program Specifics/What to Expect

Program Specifics/What to Expect

Once your physician has cleared you for independent exercise and provided a referral, a clinical exercise physiologist will review your information and confirm your eligibility for EIM. You will then be contacted with program and location details, and to schedule your initial appointment.

  • The EIM program involves three one-on-one and 16 group sessions over 11 weeks.
  • Our initial goal is to help you reach the minimum level of recommended physical activity to maintain or improve your health based on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
  • Sessions are led by a fitness specialist with ACSM EIM credentials.
  • Participation in EIM cannot be billed to insurance. Your out-of-pocket cost will be $225.

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