The AAFP Americans In Motion - Healthy Interventions (AIM-HI) initiative was conceived to address the serious problems faced by this nation as people become more sedentary, reduce physical activity and grow increasingly obese, and to bring national emphasis to the need for better preventive services. The AAFP initiated AIM-HI to encourage and support individual family physicians seeking to address fitness from a broader perspective.
The family physician is uniquely positioned throughout the United States in urban, suburban and rural areas and can be at the center of the initiative due to the acceptance and respect they enjoy within their own communities. Family physicians care for the entire family and can implement cross-generational, culturally diverse programs that appropriately fit in each community and practice.
Promote "fitness" as a path to health for all members of the American family.
Improve the health of all Americans by implementing a multifaceted fitness program addressing physical activity, healthy eating, and emotional well-being in the individual, family and community.
AIM-HI presents fitness—physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being—as “the treatment of choice” for prevention and management of many chronic conditions. AIM-HI helps family medicine practices create a fitness focus through implementation of these critical strategies:
AIM-HI and the AAFP National Research Network recently completed a three-year study that presented fitness as the treatment of choice for prevention and management of many chronic conditions.
This project evaluated a practice improvement program to improve family physicians’ delivery of effective patient-centered behavior change interventions for fitness — physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being. Family medicine offices that participated in the study:
In the non-control group of the study, staff themselves were asked to make personal changes to improve their own fitness.
Data from the study shows patient outcomes from baseline to four months demonstrated a:
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Americans In Motion - Healthy Interventions