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EXERCISE IS MEDICINE
Nashville Initiative by STtrainer

Imagine if there was a medicine that provided the following benefits:  

Lower risk of early death
Lower risk of coronary heart disease
Lower risk of stroke
Lower risk of high blood pressure
Lower risk of adverse blood lipid profile
Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
Lower risk of metabolic syndrome
Lower risk of colon cancer
Lower risk of breast cancer
Prevention of weight gain
Weight loss, particularly when combined with reduced calorie intake
Improved cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness
Prevention of falls
Reduced depression
Better cognitive function (for older adults)
Better functional health (for older adults)
Reduced abdominal obesity
Lower risk of hip fracture
Lower risk of lung cancer
Lower risk of endometrial cancer
Weight maintenance after weight loss
Increased bone density
Improved sleep quality
(US Dept of Health and Human Services, 2008)

As a doctor wouldn't you prescribe it to your patients?  Wouldn't you want your doctor to prescribe it to you?

CURRENT EXERCISE GUIDELINES

A minimum of 150 minutes per week
of moderate physical activity--or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity--spread across the week.  Additional health-related benefits can accrue when weekly exercise is increased to 300 minutes or more. Adults should do aerobic activity as well as muscle-strengthening exercise.

Older adults, and individuals with disabilities and chronic conditions should be as active as possible according to their limitations.  Individuals at risk for falls should do exercises that improve stability balance. All persons should avoid inactivity; some physical activity is better than none.

During or after treatment for a health condition
many health benefits can still be gained for physical activity. 


EXERCISE IS MEDICINE
Doctors are recommended to assess physical exercise patterns every time they see a patient, advise the patient on the importance of exercise, and provide specific, concrete recommendations.  ACSM and the AMA have partnered together to promote regular physical exercise.  STtrainer is available locally is available to assist physicians and other health care professionals to improve individuals' physical activity levels.

STtrainer is available to work with medical doctors in central Nashville to promote connections for Exercise is Medicine.  If you are a physician, physical therapist, PA, or nurse, please contact STtrainer here to make an appointment. 


Exercise is Medicine (link here).
Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults (link here).
Video: Exercise and Your Health (link here).



Lower Your Risk of Dying.  Exercise.

Are you aware that 7 hours per week of exercise cuts your risk of dying by almost half? And you still get big benefits by exercising even 2.5 hours per week.

(Source: US Department of Health and Human Services, 2008)