Exercise is Medicine – Frequently Asked Questions

For Patients

What is Exercise is Medicine?

Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a physician-referral program hosted by the ETMC Olympic Center at Tyler.  The program allows you to meet with an exercise specialist to develop goals and receive an exercise prescription along with a two-week complimentary membership in the ETMC Olympic Center of your choice.

What is the purpose of EIM?

The main purpose of the EIM program is to partner with physicians who can help you understand and act on using regular exercise as a method of treatment for attaining and maintaining optimal health.

What is the Cost?

EIM participation is FREE. There are no charges for your visits with the exercise specialist and our fitness center and your insurance will not be billed.  The only costs that will incur are for patients who choose fee services such as membership or personal training.

What can I expect?

The program begins with a fitness assessment from a degreed and certified exercise specialist followed by a free 2-week pass to the ETMC Olympic Center.  At the end of the two weeks you will meet with the exercise specialist to evaluate your progress and determine if you wish to continue exercising as a member of the Olympic Center or receive a home exercise program.  We will report your progress back to your physician.  If you join the Olympic Center we will WAIVE your enrollment fee do a follow up assessment 3 months later and report those results back to your physician.   If you receive a home exercise program we will follow up with you approximately 4 weeks later to evaluate your progress.

Why are physicians necessary to EIM?

When physicians formally provide referrals and resources, individuals are more likely to act on the prescription. It is important to keep your doctor informed about changes in your health status as these changes may affect medication requirements.

Who can refer to EIM?

Any physician can refer patients to the program.

For Physicians

What is Exercise is Medicine?

Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a physician-referral program offered by the ETMC Olympic Center at Tyler.  The program allows patients to meet with a degreed and certified exercise specialist to develop goals and receive an exercise prescription along with a 2-week complimentary membership at the ETMC Olympic Center of their choice.

What is the purpose of EIM?

The main purpose for the EIM program is to partner with physicians who can lead patients to understand and act on using regular exercise as a method of treatment for attaining and maintaining health.

Why are physicians necessary to EIM?

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

Who can be referred to the EIM program?

Patients who identify with one or more of the following:

  • Does not currently participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity 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 physician can refer patients to the program.

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