Monday, 5 January 2009

Exercise is Medicine

It's official. The American College of Sports Medicine has launched a joint initiative called, Exercise is Medicine. The ACSM has long recognised the importance of exercise in the prevention or treatment of acute and chronic conditions and managing mortality rates.

While this link has readily been established, getting doctors and health professionals on board prescribing exercise as a treatment option for patients has so far more often failed. Attempting to get these same doctors and health professionals to engage in exercise has often met with similar outcomes. Still not enough people are meeting the recommended amount of daily exercise. The new initiative aims to address this issue.

The question I ask is what sorry state will the population of the UK have to get into before a similar strategy is adopted.... Ahem, now that I've got that off my chest, find out more about it below.

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