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Public Urged to Get Active And “May-Kit Happen” This Month

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2011
Exercise is Medicine™ month begins with ACSM advocating increased physical activity during May

INDIANAPOLIS – The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) today announced “May-Kit Happen,” a program to recognize Exercise is Medicine™ Month by encouraging the public to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle throughout the month of May.

The commemorative program is part of the Exercise is Medicine™ program, an initiative launched by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association. Exercise is Medicine™ is designed to encourage all physicians and healthcare professionals to discuss exercise with their patients, and conversely, to encourage patients to feel comfortable starting that conversation with their healthcare provider.

“May-Kit Happen” asks people to incorporate a little more physical activity into their lives and talk with their physicians during the month of May about what types of exercise are best suited to their health.

“If there is one single thing you can do to improve your health, there is no doubt it is exercise,” said Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, ACSM President and Chair of the Exercise is Medicine™ initiative. “Regular physical activity is so powerful in maintaining and improving health that it should be prescribed, just as medicine or any drug would be. This idea deserves the attention of the month of May. We hope people will pledge to be a little more active this month to gain that positive impact on their health.”

Many states, including Florida, Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Connecticut and Iowa have proclaimed May as Exercise is Medicine™ month. Several cities also have pledged support by creating events featuring the “May-Kit Happen” principles, including Indianapolis, Ind.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Eugene, Ore.; and several cities in Texas. During May, even more communities will be urged to sign on and help get citizens healthier and more active.

Research has proven that exercise helps to prevent or cure numerous chronic conditions and diseases, such as Type II diabetes and high blood pressure. Physicians play a crucial role in presenting this information to their patients. The U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control estimate that $76 billion in annual direct medical costs can be attributed to physical inactivity.

Resources for physicians, fitness professionals, schools, worksites, insurance companies and the public are available at www.May-KitHappen.org. These resources include recommendations for fitness professionals and doctors to help design a complete physical activity program for patients; ways for the public on how to begin exercise; and lesson plan ideas for teachers related to exercise.

The Web site of Exercise is Medicine™, www.exerciseismedicine.org, also contains helpful resources. The public can sign up to receive free health and fitness resources from ACSM.

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The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 20,000 International, National and Regional members are dedicated to promoting and integrating scientific research, education and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health and quality of life.

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