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Globalization

Though Exercise is Medicine began in the United States, physical inactivity and chronic disease are not unique to the United States. Launched as a global initiative with the Inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, which brought together more than 60 countries to discuss the importance of physical activity, Exercise is Medicine aims to support the implementation of the program in any country. This support is provided by a global network including National Regional Centers and Task Forces.

Regional Centers are empowered to serve as the regional experts that support the ongoing operations and development of new task forces in their region. The Regional Centers are governed by a Regional Task Force that includes a representative from each National Task Force in their region.

Current Regional Centers:

  • North America - Indianapolis, United States
  • Latin America - Bogota, Colombia
  • Australia - Brisbane, Australia
  • Europe - Ulm, Germany
  • Africa - Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Southeast Asia - Singapore

National Task Forces currently exist in more than 20 countries, with new countries expressing interest every day. Each task force consists of a national primary care or specialty medical association, a national sports medicine association, governmental partners as well as other key stakeholders. Each task force will have support of the global initiative but freedom to adapt the program to their needs and unique cultures, traditions, health care systems, and target populations. National Task Forces currently are active in:

  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Hungary
  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica
  • Colombia
  • Chile
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • South Africa
  • Australia
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • The Philippines