Global Physical Activity

Exercise is Medicine Global Research and Collaboration Center at Emory

Physical inactivity is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world. However, too few  health systems and health care providers routinely include physical activity (PA) as part of the prevention and management of chronic diseases.

For 5 years, the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine has helped build local networks to support the systematic inclusion of PA in health care in the US and more than 40 countries in 5 continents via the “EIM Solution”.

Large-scale implementation of the EIM Solution across different populations, settings and health care systems is a complex process. Accordingly EIM, in collaboration with at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health has established the EIMGRCC, an academic hub to lead and collaborate on EIM implementation research projects and coordinate its evaluation.

Led by EIM advisory board member, Dr Felipe Lobelo, and housed within the Global Diabetes Research Center in Emory’s Hubert Department of Global Health, the EIMGRCC leverages the expertise of leading experts at Emory University and the global network of ACSM/EIM researchers to achieve its Core Objectives.

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EIM Implementation Studies

Leveraging Recreational Sports to Increase Diabetes Prevention Engagement

As an alternative to traditional exercise programs, recreational team sports provide a unique environment that may lead to not only increased physical activity participation, but also motivation to engage in dietary and other lifestyle changes. Results from a recent meta-analysis by our group suggest that community-based, recreational team sports interventions, particularly soccer, lead to significant improvements in weight, waist circumference, body fat percentage, lipids, blood pressure and measures of fitness

We are conducting studies to leverage interest in soccer to engage hard-to-reach populations such as minorities, men and young adults, in proven lifestyle change interventions to reduce cardio-metabolic risk and improve bone health in various clinical populations.

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Emory Physical Activity Working Group

The Emory Physical Activity Working Group was launched in the fall of 2015. EPAWG’s main purpose is to create a forum for information exchange and collaboration in the areas of physical activity research, measurement, evaluation, clinical and community implementation, behavior change, policy and capacity building and its open to all the Emory University community (students, faculty)

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