Board Members

of the European Initiative for Exercise in Medicine e. V.

Chair

Prof. Dr. Jürgen M. Steinacker
Prof. Dr. Jürgen M. Steinacker

Why am I a board member of EIEIM?
Why is EIEIM so important?

"Exercise is Medicine come to Europe when the importance of exercise, sports and physical activity was already a cultural tradition in Europe, however the practice in daily life and medicine is lacking. I am happy to be engaged in Exercise is medicine to promote Exercise in the entire field of medicine and the cooperation with sports scientists, health care specialists and the sport associations.

Several Data show that physical exercise is under regarded by physicians and only between 5 and 10 percent of the patients are asked about physical exercise in their life and activity by the physician. We need to emphasize this has an important issue in the entire field of medicine."

Physical activity and sports: how do I practice EIEIM?

"I do as much walking as possible and do  two rowing exercises in my rowing boat every week and some jogging."

Institution: Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine, Ulm, Germany  

Vice Chair

Prof. Dr. Willem van Mechelen
Prof. Dr. Willem van Mechelen

Why am I a board member of EIEIM?
Why is EIEIM so important?

"Given the rapid increase in lifestyle-related, chronic disease there is a tremendous need for physical activity and exercise interventions, both from a Public Health as from a clinical perspective. It is my ambition to facilitate the uptake of EIM in the medical curriculum at medical schools, as well as to make it part of standard health care."

Physical activity and sports: how do I practice EIEIM?

"Baseball, soccer, volleyball, jogging, squash, tennis and golf. Being physically active is essential for me. Exercising outside provides me energy and counter balances my job, which is mostly being (sedentary) inside."

Institution: EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Treasurer

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Reer
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Reer

Why am I a board member of EIEIM?
Why is EIEIM so important?

"As the General Secretary of the German Association for Sports Medicine and Prevention I am deeply engaged in the field of Exercise is Medicine. Our Association supports EIEIM from the beginning and therefore I am proud to be a board member of EIEIM."

Physical activity and sports: how do I practice EIEIM?

"Exercise is important for the entire lifestyle and should be an important aspect of the evaluation in outpatients but also in therapy of patients.

I regularly do cycling, jogging and general fitness training in the gym"

Institution: University of Hamburg, Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine

Prof. Dr. Mats Börjesson
Prof. Dr. Mats Börjesson

Why am I a board member of EIEIM? Why is EIEIM so important?

"I am happy to be a board member of EIEIM because I strongly believe that exercise is medicine, and that individually prescribed physical activity is a treatment modality that is both effective and underutilized in health care.
 EIEIM is important, as all initiatives to increase the use of lifestyle behaviour change in health care are needed, but particularly because EIEIM emphasises the use of exercise aslo as treatment for various (chronic) diseases, and not only for prevention."

Physical activity and sports: how do I practice EIEIM?

"Myself, I practice EIEIM as part of my work as chairman of the Heath Promoting Hospital-working group, of my University Hospital (Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden). One of the major achievements in this work has been the decision by the hospital management that major lifetyle behavioural parameters should be collected and registered in the medical record of all patients at the hospital. This will really boost the use of lifetyle behavioural change, including exercise on prescription."

Institution: Department of Physiology at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Gotheburg

Prof. Dr. Marcela González-Gross
Prof. Dr. Marcela González-Gross
Dr. Daniel Neunhäuserer
Dr. Daniel Neunhäuserer