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Exercise is Medicine

USA Track & Field (USATF) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) will mutually support USATF's Win With Integrity program and ACSM's Exercise is Medicine (EIM) initiative. The two Indianapolis-based organizations are promoting a healthier America and combating childhood obesity, which has tripled in the past 30 years.

"Exercise is such a powerful tool that it can actually help prevent illness and mitigate problems like childhood obesity," said James R. Whitehead, executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Sports Medicine. "It is important that physicians make physical activity part of each patient's health plan and that patients ask their doctors how to take advantage of the physical, mental and emotional benefits of exercise."

A study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine found that nearly two-thirds of patients (65%) would be more interested in exercising to stay healthy if advised by their doctor and given additional resources. Accordingly, the American College of Sports Medicine celebrates May as Exercise is Medicine Month. EIM promotes empowering physicians to prescribe exercise to their patients. Nationwide and internationally, the program promotes exercise to improve public health and reduce long-term health care costs.

EIM will support USATF's community service programs, including the Win With Integrity initiative. Win With Integrity teaches youth, parents, educators and coaches about the positive results that come from leading a physically active, drug-free lifestyle while living with integrity. The program features Team USA champions who work directly with young people around the nation.

USATF is now an official advocate partner of EIM, joining NBA FIT and USA Masters Swimming.

"We're proud to further develop our relationship with such a powerful sport governing body," said Whitehead. "Aligning our mutually shared goals makes this partnership a natural fit with strong benefits for the public."

USATF and ACSM encourage physicians and the public to visit and complete the easy-to-use exercise prescription form as well as learn more about how to live a healthier life.

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