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Policy Corner: Prescribing Physical Activity Makes Both Fiscal and Health Sense

ACSM has been promoting the value of the Exercise is Medicine® initiative, the goal of which is to ensure health care providers are promoting and prescribing, as appropriate, physical activity for their patients. Prescribing physical activity for preventing and treating various conditions is a reality for health care professionals all over the world. Recent news from the Swedish Research Council shows that 90 percent of all primary care centers in Sweden prescribe physical activity. The book Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease is often used in Sweden as a handbook when prescribing physical activity. Recently, this book at the forefront of the Swedish health care system has been translated into English.

Written by 95 experts, Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease summarizes up-to-date scientific knowledge on preventing and treating various diseases and conditions on which physical activity has a documented effect. The first Swedish edition of the book came out in 2003, and a revised and expanded edition was published in 2008. The book was prepared by the editorial board of Professional Associations for Physical Activity, a sub-section of the Swedish Society of Medicine, and it was produced in cooperation with Swedish National Institute of Public Health. In Sweden, health care professionals have been prescribing physical activity to patients for many years. more


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