Exercise Is Medicine: A New Initiative for Health Care Providers

I recently came across this and wanted to share it with everyone.  As you know, I'm constantly looking for ways that the medical community can work more closely with the fitness industry.  I strongly believe that personal trainers with proper medical training should be plopped into doctors' offices to help patients lose weight and increase strength. The American College of Sports Medicine (one of my faves) agrees with me and has recently started Exercise is Medicine, a resource for health care professionals to turn to.  The idea is to help patients improve their quality of life through exercise prescription instead of an array of drugs and surgeries. How cool is that? The site gives tips for personal trainers on how to approach medical facilities and how to market themselves properly to doctors.  It covers what types of personal training experience you should have, as well as CPR/AED training, and even addresses carrying liability insurance. Exercise is Medicine also talks to the medical community about how to work with personal trainers so that doctors can feel confident their patients are in good hands. I could spout a whole bunch of dire statistics here, but you've heard 'em all before.  I could remind everyone of just how fatal being overweight is, but you already know that too. I would like to inspire you a bit, though.  How would you feel about forwarding this post onto your doctor?  What if you email their office and let them know about this great, great resource?  If you happen to be going in for a checkup soon, maybe you could mention it to them. Doctors are told to heal what's broken.  Preventive medicine is still a relatively new thing.  But it's revolutionary.  If we switch from a "fix when it's broken" to a "stay healthy" approach in medicine, we will thrive as a nation.  Our longevity and productivity will increase, our Medicare and Medicaid money problems will disappear.  We could even eliminate the national debt.  Yup, it's that powerful.  Every doctor counts!  The small practices and the heads of departments; let's encourage them all to take five minute for some easy reading. Please let me know if you've forwarded this to anyone or shared it with your people.  I'd love to get the word out and you guys know I never ask! Thanks, Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.


7 Responses to Exercise Is Medicine: A New Initiative for Health Care Providers

  1. Dean Ouellette January 28, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Lisa, tweeted, but you should add a Facebook like button to your posts to make it super easy to share.

  2. Dr. Jan January 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Hi Lisa,

    You and I have had this conversation before (through email) about docs taking more ownership on this obesity epidemic. As you know, I am all for taking off my white coat and getting in the gym and sweating it out with over-weight patients. I am trying to undertake this goal. It is definitely outside of the box of what is the norm of traditional medicine. It’s a scary goal, but exciting none the less.

    I am in the process of looking for additional resources that can help me reach these goals and I appreciate the work you have already undertaken. As a family medicine/urgent care physician, let me be one of the first to take on your challenge.

  3. Lisa Johnson January 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Dr. Jan, I think that’s awesome of you. What I would actually propose is something a little different. Your four years of undergrad, plus 4 years of medical, plus internship and residency should be utilized as fully as possible working with your patients and keeping them healthy. What I would LOVE is for you to get a great personal trainer in your practice. Here’s one scenario …

    Schedule regular yearly checkups on certain days of the week. On those days have the personal trainer in the office and after a patient sees you, they sit down with the personal trainer for a few minutes to discuss specific strategies for getting fit that pertain to that person’s specific issues. How cool would that be?


  4. Positive Thinking January 29, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    I guess this information is a necessary evil of the modern age and it has definitely opened newer and brighter vistas in the realm of health information. When it comes to health information the sources used to achieve the objective should be highly user friendly and should provide a robust structure of highly information!

  5. Lisa Johnson January 29, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    I agree very much, Positive Thinking, that the information should be very, very user friendly. That’ll be key to moving people along the learning curve and getting them to act. :-) Thanks for stopping by and giving your input. L–

  6. Relationship Coaching February 21, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Encouraging exercise should certainly be high on the agenda for any parent of teenagers. Exercise can be great for boosting self confidence as well as improving fitness, and this can help with the muscular development of your child. Teens experience a lot of changes in them. And the most common problem that any teenager would face is a dis-balanced emotional health. There are a lot of hormonal imbalances that are under-way as the teen age comes up. Yoga helps these teenagers in dealing with the immense changes that their body undergoes in these growing years.

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  7. Lisa Johnson February 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Thanks for the comments :-) L–

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