Exercise is Medicine®
Exercise is Medicine® is a global health initiative managed by ACSM that seeks to make physical activity assessment and exercise prescription a standard part of the disease prevention and treatment paradigm for all patients. It strives to bridge the healthcare industry with the fitness industry so patients can benefit from the tremendous health benefits that exercise brings.
EIM: A Model in Action
Dr. NiCole R. Keith is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis and an Affiliated Research Scientist in the Indiana University Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute. Her research focuses on addressing health disparities through physical activity in disadvantaged communities and in minority populations through school and hospital-based partnerships. Dr. Keith is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and serves on several ACSM committees. She earned a B.S. degree from Howard University, a M.S. degree from the University of Rhode Island, a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, and another M.S. degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.
Ryan Bojrab currently serves as the manager for Eskenazi Health Wellness. Ryan is also the manager for Healthy Me – a lifestyle and wellness coaching program for patients as well as staff. Eskenazi Health is one of America’s largest safety net health systems, with special emphasis on the vulnerable populations of Marion County, Indiana. Bojrab is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis, where he earned a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. After graduation, Bojrab began his clinical career as a physical therapist at Eskenazi Health, and transitioned to a role in wellness in 2014.
In addition to his role as manager of wellness and Healthy Me, Bojrab serves on the Advisory Council for the Jump IN for Healthy Kids worksite wellness task force, and is a physical therapy adjunct faculty member on staff at the University of Indianapolis. He is also a member of the National Wellness Institute as well as the Indiana Wellness Council, and a frequent guest lecturer at Indiana University. Since 2015, Bojrab has presented wellness theory, practice, strategy and solutions at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) national conference (2015), spoke at the 2015 Center for Mind Body Medicine conference on implementation and operationalization of large-scale mind-body wellness initiatives; presented a lecture and experiential on “Mind-Body Medicine, Self-Care and Well-Being” at the 6th Annual (2015) Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety (ICPS) as well as the 2015 Indiana Wellness Summit.
As a professional, and a clinical practitioner – Bojrab is gifted at channeling his clinical skills, and applying that knowledge toward a very successful career in wellness theory, practice, and implementation. His success is in his passion and enthusiasm for health and well-being, and he has a strong ability to connect the dots between clinical practice, preventative health, and how that applies to business and innovation.
- Friday, April 7, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
- Saturday, April 8, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Eskenazi Health’s Healthy Me program focuses on supporting overall patient health and wellbeing through lifestyle self-management. Patients are referred to health coaches who are housed in and employed by the same healthcare system as the referring providers. Coaches perform physical and survey assessments with each patient and refer patients to community fitness resources. In January 2016, fitness assessments were included in electronic patient health records. In October 2016, fitness assessments will be added to Eskenazi’s new Epic electronic health records system. We will present the process of implementing fitness measures into Epic, patient fitness outcomes, and other fitness-related health outcomes.
Practical Tips to Implement EIM in Various Work Settings
Dr. Jeffreys-Heil joined the Florida Gulf Coast Faculty in 2014. Her primary teaching responsibilities focus on clinical preparation of students for experiential learning. Dr. Jeffreys-Heil earned her Doctoral Degree in Epidemiology from the University of Cincinnati in 2014 and her Masters of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology from George Washington University in 2001. Dr. Jeffreys-Heil has over 15 years of experience in clinical exercise physiology working for private companies, universities, and hospital centers.
Presently, Dr. Jeffreys-Heil’s research focus is on Physical Activity Epidemiology and the role exercise and wellness plays in the health and academic performance . Dr. Jeffreys-Heil is an American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and an Exercise is Medicine Practitioner. Dr. Jeffreys-Heil launched Exercise is Medicine on Campus Program (EIM@FGCU) in March of 2015 and the program has received national attention. Dr. Jeffreys –Heil is a member of the inaugural class of EIM’s 2016 Emerging Leader Program.
Johanna is a full time faculty member in the Health & Exercise Science program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences and also serves as Clinical Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN and is currently working toward her doctorate degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech. Johanna also instructs preparation workshops for the ACSM Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist certification exams She has worked as Director of Wellness Services for the Lifetime Wellness Center in Marion, VA, personal trainer and group fitness instructor for Gold’s Gym, and formerly owned the local Stroller Strides franchise – a fitness program for moms to do with their babies. She currently co-owns Ferguson Fitness with her husband Anthony offering personal training and group programs including Star City Boot Camp, live P90X, Insanity and Piyo. She holds the ACSM Certified Exercise Specialist and ACSM Health Fitness Specialist certifications and in addition to a variety of group fitness certifications. She and Anthony have 2 beautiful and energetic children ages 10 and 7. Her current research focus is on the role small fitness studios and business owners can play in promoting more physician referral and communication to further the mission of Exercise is Medicine and help end the trends of physical inactivity and obesity.
- Friday, April 7, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
- Friday, April 7, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is, at its core, a referral network where healthcare professionals can refer patients to qualified fitness professionals. This session will focus on issues surrounding the creation of an EIM program at various types of organizations: private doctor’s offices, hospital systems, and on a university or college campus. Attendees will learn from research and case studies, and will be provided the tools to successfully implement an EIM Referral network.
The Healthy Living Center of the Future: A New Model for Community Health Collaboration
Trina Radske-Suchan, MPT, CSCS, FMSC received her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa. Trina has an emphasis in sports medicine & orthopedics, community health & wellness, and population health.
Her role as the Medical Program Executive at the YMCA Healthy Living Center includes providing oversight of the Physical and Aquatic Therapy services within the YMCA and exercise and wellness programming for members with chronic disease and physical limitations. Trina manages the delivery of evidence-based programs to address chronic disease, health disparities, and health-related concerns of an aging population. She works to build broader approaches to well-being throughout all stages of life by leveraging partnerships with health care systems, government agencies, non-profits and corporate partners as well as build collaborations to enhance support for the YMCA community health model.
Trina is a 3-time All American and 2-time Drake Relays Champion in the long jump and was named the Female Strength and Conditioning All-American Athlete of the Year. She uses this practical experience in her every day work with clients and continues to coach in areas of running and jump training.
- Saturday, April 8, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
- Sunday, April 9, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
For decades doctors have talked to patients about choices and actions they should take to lead more healthful lives, but have lacked a system to monitor and document their patients’ nutritional intake and exercise regimens. In recent decades, the vast majority of health care and health care reform conversation has focused on the clinical setting (access and quality) – yet clinical care is responsible for only 20 percent of health outcomes. 80 percent of health factors that occur outside the clinical setting have not been adequately addressed and are often ignored in reform discussions. These factors include health behaviors, social and economic factors, and physical environment. As the U.S. health care system continues to evolve, it is imperative that health care providers and community integrate in deeper and more intentional ways to address the broad array of factors impacting health outcomes. Community-based organizations have great potential as partners in bridging the gap between the community and clinical setting. The Healthy Living Center model delivers a person-centered, physician driven, medically integrated and outcomes focused wellness model that ignites the spirit, engages the mind and strengthens the body. This session will go over the model as it pertains to the mission, referral processes, clinical care integration, transition into membership for life long healthy living, flow into evidence-based programs and collaborative partnerships that are integral to the sustainability of the model.