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Active Voice: Exercise is Medicine® - A Call to Arms for Exercise Professionals

from By Anne Graves, M.S. and Tom Spring, M.S.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Anne Graves, M.S., ACSM HFS, is director of health initiatives and partnerships for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Her background includes wellness center management, clinical pediatric weight management, community-based weight management and diabetes prevention. Tom Spring, M.S., ACSM HFS/CES, is program manager of corporate and community health promotion with the Beaumont Health Care System in Detroit. He has faculty affiliations with the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Detroit. His experience includes weight management, fitness training and corporate health promotion. The topic of this commentary relates to a program session presented by these authors at ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition last month in Anaheim, CA.

Overwhelming evidence continues to surface demonstrating exceptional benefits of physical activity and lifestyle modification in the prevention and management of chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular, metabolic and pulmonary diseases. For all members of our communities – young, old and in-between – it is critical that we increase efforts to emphasize physical fitness and health awareness through all available avenues. Unfortunately, patients consistently underestimate the detrimental effects of sedentary lifestyles and their risks for chronic disease. Physicians and allied health providers are in unique positions to influence behaviors, which must include evaluation of current activity habits and recommendations for increasing physical activity. more

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