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Exercise is Medicine Month to Celebrate the Benefits of Physical Activity in May

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2011
Public encouraged to get active, health care professionals asked to prescribe exercise

INDIANAPOLIS - Exercise is Medicine Month™ kicks off in May, and includes activities to celebrate the health benefits of exercise and resources to get people moving.

“Everyone should start or renew their exercise program now as an investment in life-long health,” said Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, and chair of the Exercise is Medicine™ Executive. “Every person is responsible for his or her own physical activity regardless of age and health. There are so many more reasons to exercise than there are excuses not to.”

Exercise Lowers Health Care Costs
Research shows that exercise has a role in the treatment and prevention of more than 40 chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and hypertension.

“While there are numerous reasons for soaring health care costs, one undeniable explanation is the poor physical health of so many Americans,” Sallis said. “Exercise is something every person can do to control the rising cost of health care and improve their lives.”

Health Care Provider Involvement is Key
Most health care providers don’t realize the effect they have in motivating patients. Nearly two-thirds, or 65 percent, of patients would be more interested in exercising if advised by their doctor and given additional resources.

“Health care providers, including physicians, should assess physical activity at every appointment, write exercise prescriptions and be prepared to refer patients to fitness professionals,” Sallis said. “Every doctor should be an exercise advocate.”

A Two-Way Street
Starting a physical activity program can be as simple as taking a brisk walk each day and gradually building up frequency and duration. Patients are also encouraged to talk to their health care provider for an exercise prescription if additional advice and guidance are needed.

Easy-to-use Tools Available
Most people already know the importance of exercise. Many are overwhelmed by where and how to start, particularly those new to exercise, who may have an existing health condition and the elderly. Simple, easy-to-use exercise tips, tools and videos are available to get them started and keep them motivated.

The public can sign up free e-mailed tips on how to find time to exercise, how much exercise is enough and how to create an exercise plan.

Partners Help Spread the Exercise Message
Founded by the American College of Sports Medicine, Exercise is Medicine™ now counts more than 200 partner organizations in its ranks. These partners include the American Heart Association, American Medical Association, American Dietetic Association, and organizations and universities from South Africa, Italy, Canada and beyond.

Advocates of the program have asked governors and mayors nationwide to sign proclamations for Exercise is Medicine Month.

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