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MAY 2011, EXERCISE IS MEDICINE MONTH
Thanks to a recent news release by Ashley Crockett-Lohr (email@example.com) and Dan Henkel (firstname.lastname@example.org) we are now aware that May 2011 is, "EXERCISE IS MEDICINE MONTH." In an e-mailed press release I tried to find online, but couldn't, the reporters had an important message. Instead of summarizing, I would like to produce the entire press release here. If any readers do locate the link to the original release I will be happy to post it. This is a particularly important topic for HCD. We are working closely with ACSM and EIM to develop a Physical Activity Intervention Program "menu of options" that meet a certain review and approval from the ACSM. Often, healthcare providers need to more about which PAIPs are best for their patients. "Public encouraged to get active, health care professionals asked to prescribe exercise" INDIANAPOLIS – The fourth annual Exercise is Medicine® Month kicks off on Sunday, celebrating the health benefits of exercise and offering resources to get people moving. “Everyone should start or renew an exercise program now as an investment in life-long health,” said Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, chair of Exercise is Medicine. “Every person, regardless of age or health, is responsible for his or her own physical activity. There are far more reasons to exercise than excuses not to.” Exercise Lowers Health Care Costs Research shows that exercise helps treat and prevent more than 40 chronic diseases, such as 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,” said Sallis. “Exercise is something every person can do to control the rising costs of health care and improve quality of life.” Health Care Provider Involvement is Key Most health care providers don’t realize the effect they have in motivating patients. Nearly 65 percent of patients say they 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,” said Sallis. “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 andgradually building up frequency and duration. Patients are 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 exercise is important. Many are overwhelmed by where and how to start, particularly those new to exercise, those who have an existing health condition and the elderly. Simple, easy-to-use exercise tips, tools and videos are available online to help them get started and stay motivated. Partners Spread the Exercise Message Exercise is Medicine partners include the American College of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and organizations and universities from all parts of the world. Governors and mayors nationwide have already signed on to proclaim May 2011 as Exercise is Medicine Month in their communities.