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Woman’s hospital launches first exercise-based medicine program

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Woman’s Hospital has launched a new program that helps participants manage chronic illness or disease symptoms through fitness.

Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is an evidence-based approach to exercise created by the American College of Sports Medicine.

“Woman’s Center for Wellness offers the Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease program, prenatal fitness and Balance,” said the Director of the Woman’s Center for Wellness, Brooke Coogan. “EIM is different in that it focuses on those who need a little more assistance, monitoring and education to get started with exercise as a part of their lifestyle.”

The eight-week program is a starting point for patients who are told to exercise but don’t know where to begin.

“Exercise can help with weight management, blood pressure, fatigue, pain, joint stiffness, range of motion, balance and psychological well-being,” according to Coogan. “Many chronic illnesses and premature deaths are preventable if people exercise, eat healthy and avoid smoking.”

EIM is the first and only of its kind in the greater Baton Rouge area, according to Woman’s Hospital.

Patients can sign up on their own or be referred by a doctor. Virtual coaching is available. New participants will be accepted starting Feb. 15, but individuals interested in the program can reach out for more information by calling (225)-924-8300. 

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