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Program Satellite Symposium

“Exercise Is Medicine (EIM)” Symposium organized by EXERNET

Cádiz, August 29th, 2022


Exercise is Medicine® (EIM), is a global health initiative launched in 2007 by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) that encourages health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans and to refer patients to evidence-based exercise programs and qualified exercise professionals. Currently, it is active in 43 countries with representation in all continents, with an increased presence in Europe. This initiative is trying to promote widespread implementation of physical activity in healthcare settings by a multidisciplinary network of health care providers. EIM is committed to the belief that physical activity is integral in the prevention and treatments of diseases and should be regularly assessed and “treated” as part of all healthcare. In 2015, an independent EIM Center as a non-profit non-governmental organization for Europe was founded, named `European Initiative for Exercise in Medicine’ (EIEIM), based in Ulm (Germany) and with collaborations with EIM in the United States.


University of Cadiz

The present one-day satellite symposium proposal will be held in Cadiz (Spain). Cádiz is a city with maritime port on the southwestern coast of Spain and 120 kilometers apart from Seville (approx. 1 hour by train). This historical city is the oldest in Western Europe with a relevant influence on the national and international history, but also has some of the more beautiful beaches in Europe being a referent location for tourism. In this context, the University of Cadiz has a degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences plus a master’s degree in physical Activity and Health with high international repercussion. The researchers in sport sciences and health from the different research groups at University of Cádiz have been working on how physical activity and exercise can benefit different health conditions and populations. The local MOVE-IT and GALENO research groups from University of Cádiz are glad to host this satellite symposium.

Program Satellite Symposium 



09:30 – 09:45. Opening Ceremony

Excma. María Jesús Mosquera Díaz, Vice-Rector for Science and Technology Policy of University of Cadiz.

Ignacio Ara, President of the EXERNET Research Network.

Hans Hoppler, advisor and former President of the European College of Sport Sciences ECSS.

09:45 – 10:30.  Kick off Speech

Chairman: Francisco Ortega, PhD (University of Granada, Spain)
Title: “Fitness as a brain health marker” by Kirk I. Erickson, PhD (University of Pittsburgh).

10:30-11:15. Keynote speaker
Chairman: Ignacio Ara, PhD, FECSS (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)
Title: “A Translational perspective of exercise as medicine: the role of myokines” by Bente K Pedersen (Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark)

11:15-11:45h Coffee Break 1

11:45-13:15h Round table:

Exercise Is Medicine (EIM): Three National Centers of EIM Europe talks about their initiatives


The purpose of the EIM National Centers is for physical activity to be considered by all healthcare providers as a vital sign in every patient visit. Patients will effectively be counseled and referred according to their physical activity and health needs, thus leading to an overall improvement in public health and long-term reduction in health care costs. In each country the way to reach this objective is different, so speakers in this round table will share the experience and the process to develop the EIM initiative in their country.

Chairman: Prof. Marcela Gonzalez-Gross, PharmD, PhD (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain).

11:45-12:05h Introductory Speaker

Title: “European Initiative for Exercise Is Medicine (EIEIM)” by Professor Prof. Jürgen Steinacker, MD, PhD (University of Ulm, Germany) and Professor Rüdiger Reer, MD, PhD (University of Hamburg, Germany), as Chair and second vice-chairman of the European Initiative for EIM

12:05-13:05h Round table:

Title: “EIM-Netherlands” by Professor Willem van Mechelen, MD, PhD, FACSM, FECSS, (UMC Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Title: “EIM-Spain” by Professor Casajus JA, MD, PhD (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

Title:“EIM-Italy” by Dr. Daniel Neunhäuserer, MD, PhD (University of Padova, Italy)

13:05-13:15h Questions for all the speakers

13:15-14:45h. Lunch Time

14:45- 19:00h Workshops 1 & 2

14:45- 17:00h Workshop 1: Evaluation of health-related physical fitness


Without doubt, one contribution of sport sciences to public health has been the identification of physical fitness as a powerful health marker. Several sets of batteries have been proposed for the measurement of the different physical capacities. In Europe, the Eurofit battery was proposed in the late 1980s for children and in 1993 for adults, which has been an important step towards standardization and comparability. Since then, several European research groups have been improving and adapting the tests considering age, sex or disability. Researchers from these leading groups will participate in Workshop 1. A theoretical introduction will give an overview of the importance of measuring fitness across the lifespan and why it should be included in the anamnesis in primary care, one of the aims of Exercise is Medicine.

During the practical part, the most updated and validated tests for each age group will be introduced and attendees will learn to perform them. Additionally, adaptation to the setting will be considered. Mostly in research there is more time for performing the tests than in primary care, nursing homes, hospitals or schools. At the end, a consensus statement will be discussed, in order to contribute to the efficient introduction of the evaluation of physical fitness in health care.

14:45-15:00h Introductory Speaker: Prof. Marcela Gonzalez-Gross, PharmD, PhD (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain).

15:00-15:20h Preschoolers-PREFIT. Speaker: Francisco B. Ortega, PhD (University of Granada, Spain)

15:20-15:40h Children and Adolescents-HELENA-ALPHA. Speaker: Jonatan Ruiz, PhD (University of Granada)

15:40-16:00h Adults. Speaker: Jose Castro-Piñero, PhD (University of Cadiz, Spain) and Magdalena Cuenca-Garcia, PhD (University of Cadiz, Spain)

16:00-16:20h: Elderly-EXERNET. Speaker: German Vicente-Rodriguez, PhD (University of Zaragoza)

16:20-17:00h: Practical Workshop (all age groups together):

PREFIT: Cristina Cadenas, PhD

Children & Adolescents: Alejandro Pérez, PhD

Adults: Magdalena Cuenca-García, PhD

Elderly: Irene Rodriguez-Gomez, PhD

17:00-17:30h. Coffee Break

17:30- 19:00h Workshop 2: eHealth & Sport Sciences


The eHealth and wearables technologies are here to stay as part of both sport and health care systems. Numerous devices, applications, companies have emerged in the last years and professionals from multidisciplinary research areas have begun to work together in order to optimize the obtaining of results and their exploitation. The integration of physical activity data collecting into the medical care prescription and supervised exercise training will be presented as a part of the EIM referral. Thus, this workshop 2 aims at analyzing the current and future potential and possibilities of the integration of these tools in the context of EIM

17:30-17:45h Introductory Speaker: David Jiménez-Pavón, PhD (University of Cadiz, Spain). Chairman: Prof. Enrique Artero PhD (University of Almería, Spain).

17:45-18:15h “PowerFrail App for the assessment of relative muscle power and frailty in older people in the clinical and non-clinical settings”.Speaker: Julian Alcazar, PhD (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

18:15-18:45h “Towards Intelligent Health and WellBeing: Network of Physical Activity Assessment (The INTERLIVE® Network)”. Speaker: Moritz Schumann, PhD (German sport University, Germany).

18:45-19:15h What is next? The Future of eHealth in Sport Science” Speaker: Prof. Yannis Pitsiladis, MedSci., PhD, FACSM (University of Brighton, United Kingdom) and Borja Muñiz, PhD (University of Zaragoza).

19:15h. Closing ceremony (Declaration of Cadiz related to EIM in European healthcare)

19:30h. Social Event and official dinner* hosted by UCA

*included in the inscription




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