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!