Exercise truly is medicine for Mary Ellen Buckley, who avoided taking blood pressure medication by joining FirstHealth of the Carolinas Exercise is Medicine (EIM), a physician-referral program she also credits with increased protection from potential complications from illnesses like COVID-19.

Buckley was referred to EIM by her physician for a knee and rotator cuff injury. She was scheduled for surgery in the summer but had to cancel because of coronavirus. Unable to do her usual walking routine, she started gaining weight and experiencing other issues. So, she gave EIM a chance.

For the full story, see the October 7 issue of the Montgomery Herald.