Exercise is Medicine

As close to a silver bullet as you might get…

If a single medicine could prevent and reduce countless diseases would you prescribe it?

Countless studies speak to the health benefits of being active. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, regular physical activity can:

  • Reduce mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer by approximately 50 percent.
  • Lower the risk of colon cancer by over 60 percent.
  • Reduce the risk of developing of Alzheimer’s disease by approximately 40 percent.
  • Reduce the incidence of heart disease and high blood pressure by approximately 40 percent.
  • Lower the risk of stroke by 27 percent.
  • Lower the risk of developing type II diabetes by 58 percent.
  • Be twice as effective in treating type II diabetes than the standard insulin prescription and can save $2250 per person per year when compared to the cost of standard drug treatment.
  • Decrease depression as effectively as Prozac or behavioral therapy. 9

Exercise works! Prescribe physical activity. Your patients will thank you.

An Epidemic of Inactivity

More than half of adults are not active enough to meet basic physical activity guidelines.

Physical inactivity is the leading cause of death in the US. 10

Doing nothing is killing us.

Do something. Be active.

Prescribing as usual is not an option
Exercise may not be as easy as taking a pill, but it sure can be more enjoyable.

Next time, when patients ask what they can take, tell them “a hike.”

As leaders in the community and trusted advisors, healthcare practitioners have a responsibility to their patients to provide the best care possible. Despite the overwhelming benefits of physical activity, “only 34 percent of US adults however report having received exercise counseling at their last medical visit.” 11

Prescribing practices need to change to reflect the needs of our patients, our loved ones, our communities, and our healthcare system.

Clinicians can make the difference.
Imagine if every patient was asked about their physical activity during every visit.

Change for the better. Change the lives of those you care about –prescribe physical activity.

Exercise is Medicine - The Advantage of Group Appointments

The CCGA is here to help.

We support the promotion of Exercise is Medicine through Group Appointments. The design and dynamics of Group Appointments support physical activity promotion.

Patients are able to receive individualized counseling and the benefits of peer support. Patients become active participants in their own care and this can translate into more responsive uptake of an “exercise prescription.”

Group Appointments move beyond mere education of medical facts and are ‘dynamic’ in that the curriculum will focus on patients’ key challenges that surface in the process of turning goals into action.

Practitioners in a Group Appointment guide patients on how to set realistic goals, teach how to map out strategies that help them recognize good opportunities to act (action planning) and encourage them to proactively lay out strategies that circumvent likely barriers to health behaviours (coping planning).

To find out more…
…about Group Appointments and Exercise is Medicine contact us or check out our current projects.

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