Exercise is Medicine

Exercise is Medicine

Exercise is Medicine provides you with a foundation for creating exercise as a habit in your life, and gives you the tools you need to decrease your health risks. Exercise is Medicine is a 12 week program available to all Sanford Health patients and is offered both virtually and at local participating gyms in Sioux Falls, Fargo and Bismarck.

A one-time low fee gets you:

  • Group fitness classes
  • Access to a personal trainer
  • Support from a wellness coach and dietitian


Do I qualify?

  • Age 18 or older
  • Have one or more of the following conditions
    • BMI of 30 or greater
    • Hypertension
    • Hyperlipidemia
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Prediabetes
    • Type 2 Diabetes
    • Metabolic Syndrome
    • Cancer


EIM Price Guide*

  • In-person EIM program at participating gyms, $199 (Sanford Health Plan members receive a $100 discount – EIM cost = $99)
  • In-person EIM program at Sanford Bemidji, $149 (Sanford Health Plan members receive a $50 discount – EIM cost - $99)
  • Virtual EIM program that includes a fitness box mailed to your home and WebEx, $99 (all insurance types)

*Patients may use their Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) dollars to pay for their program fee, in which a supporting letter from the health plan is required for IRS tax reporting purposes.

Register for a class near you today!

Contact Maggie Rechtenbaugh at (605) 328-6852 questions.

Virtual Exercise is Medicine

Eight live virtual classes are offered each week for those signed up for At-Home Virtual Exercise is Medicine; participants must attend a minimum of three live virtual classes per week. You will receive a WebEx link for the live classes once registered. All participants will receive check-in wellness coaching as well.

All virtual participants will receive a fitness box delivered to their home which includes:

  • An Exercise is Medicine Workbook
  • A Pilates Ball
  • A Mini Loop Band
  • A Foam Balance Pad 
  • A Handled Resistance Band

Virtual Class Options

 Schedule  Location
 Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 AM  Virtual Class - WebEx link will be provided
 Monday and Wednesday at 12:00 PM  Virtual Class - WebEx link will be provided
 Tuesday and Thursday at 5:15 PM  Virtual Class - WebEx link will be provided


In-Person Exercise is Medicine

In-Person class options are available in Sioux Falls, Fargo and Bismarck. For more information regarding current class options, please contact Maggie Rechtenbaugh at (605) 328-6852.

Gym Locations

City   Location
 Fargo  Downtown YMCA-400 First Ave. S.
 Fargo  Family Wellness-2960 Seter Parkway
 Sioux Falls  Sanford Wellness on Oxbow, 4902 S. Oxbow Ave. 
 Bismarck  Bismarck Family Wellness BisMan, 2700 46th Ave SE, Mandan