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   About the Speaker


Prof Robert Edward Sallis, MD

Exercise is Medicine Advisory Board Chairman
Family Physician
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Fontana, CA, USA

Dr. Robert Sallis is a family medicine physician practicing at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, California, where he serves as Co-Director of their Sports Medicine Fellowship program.  He is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine.  He is a Past-President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and currently chairs Exercise is Medicine™, a joint initiative of ACSM and the American Medical Association.  He also chaired the Healthcare Sector of the U.S. Physical Activity Plan.

Dr. Sallis received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy (where he played intercollegiate basketball) and his Medical Degree from Texas A&M University.  He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, CA, where he served as chief resident. He is the head team physician at Pomona College and Chairs the Ironman Sports Medicine Conference in Kona, Hawaii.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine.


Presentation Abstract

Exercise is Medicine; Merging Fitness with Healthcare

Exercise is a very powerful tool for both the treatment and prevention of chronic disease, for mitigating the harmful effects of obesity, and for lowering mortality rates. In fact, there is a linear relationship between activity level and health status. This association between disease and an inactive and unfit way of life exists in every age group: children, adults, and the elderly. For this reason, many have suggested that physical inactivity is the major public health problem of our time.

The Exercises Is Medicine (EIM) initiative was established to make physical activity assessment and exercise prescription a standard part of the disease prevention and treatment paradigm for all patients. This initiative was started by the American College of Sports Medicine in conjunction with the American Medical Association in November 2007. In May 2008 the first World Congress on Exercise Is Medicine was held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting to announce the global launch of this program. Since that time, EIM has spread to 33 countries, including 3 regional centers in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

This lecture will review the proven health benefits of exercise and explain how physical activity assessment and prescription can be integrated into a busy medical practice.