American College of Lifestyle Medicine Announces Partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine to Promote Physical Activity in Medicine

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The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) today announced a strategic partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to advance the health of communities and individuals through Lifestyle Medicine’s pillar of physical activity. The agreement aligns both organizations’ vision to make physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in medical education and clinical practice.

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"Physical activity is key to the foundational health and resiliency that COVID-19 has shown to be so lacking."

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) today announced a strategic partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to advance the health of communities and individuals through Lifestyle Medicine’s pillar of physical activity. The agreement aligns both organizations’ vision to make physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in medical education and clinical practice.

The collaboration will support such activities as joint advocacy for clinical integration of physical activity, joint development of clinical practice guidelines, cross-promotion of initiatives such as ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine®, joint research, advocacy for exercise as a vital sign, and the joint development and delivery of educational content to health care providers and patients in the treatment, reversal and prevention of chronic disease.

Lifestyle Medicine is the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection as a primary therapeutic modality for treatment and reversal of chronic disease.

“ACLM is pleased to partner with ACSM around a very critical pillar of Lifestyle Medicine,” said ACLM President Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, FACLM, DipABLM. “Physical activity is key to the foundational health and resiliency that COVID-19 has shown to be so lacking in terms of chronic disease levels, especially among vulnerable populations. We look forward on working together with our ACSM colleagues to elevate physical activity as a clinical tool.”

“ACSM and Exercise is Medicine are pleased to partner with ACLM to share our science, expertise and clinical resources,” said ACSM President NiCole R. Keith, Ph.D., FACSM. “We will work together to promote the powerful effects of regular physical activity on physical, mental and emotional health as an integral pillar of Lifestyle Medicine.”

ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: ACLM is the medical professional society for more than 4,500 members dedicated to the advancement and clinical practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health care system. Lifestyle Medicine is the use of a whole food, plant-predominant dietary lifestyle, regular physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances and positive social connection as a primary therapeutic modality for treatment and reversal of chronic disease.

More than a professional association, ACLM is a galvanized force for change. ACLM addresses the need for quality education and certification, supporting its members in their individual practices and in their collective mission to domestically and globally promote Lifestyle Medicine as the first treatment option, as opposed to a first option of treating symptoms and consequences with expensive, ever increasing quantities of pills and procedures. ACLM members are united in their desire to identify and eradicate the root cause of disease. Learn more at LifestyleMedicine.org.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPORTS MEDICINE: The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. More details at acsm.org.

ABOUT EXERCISE IS MEDICINE®: The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) co-launched Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) in 2007 with the American Medical Association. ACSM continues to manage the global health initiative, which seeks to make physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in clinical care, connecting health care with evidence-based physical activity resources for people everywhere of all abilities. EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity promotes optimal health, is integral in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions and should be regularly assessed and included as part of health care. Visit ExerciseisMedicine.org for additional information.

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