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May-Kit Happen In May

May-Kit Happen In May

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May is the special recognition month for Exercise is Medicine™ as presentd by the American Medical Associaltion and the American College of Sports Medicine. It will be a time for physicians, health and fitness professionals, the public, and supporting organizations and constituents to recognize, emphasize and celebrate the valuable health benefits of exercise.

May-Kit Happen features new resources and ideas on the importance of Exercise is Medicine™ that allow you to participate in your professional and community settings.

Pick your doorway and find out how you can get involved and May-Kit Happen!


PHYSICIANS: Join us in celebrating health and fitness in May, and “May-Kit Happen.” There are plenty of ways you can participate, but please plan to emphasize exercise and physical activity to patients during the month of May. The goal of the Exercise is Medicine™ program is to encourage physicians, regardless of specialty, to record physical activity as a vital sign during patient visits.

FITNESS PROFESSIONALS: Connecting physicians and health and fitness professionals is an important component of this program. These tools will provide ideas and opportunities to best relate to and start working with physicians. Soon to be included will be sample letters you can use to introduce yourself to physicians, sample flyers for physicians to quickly refer their patients, and other valuable resources.

PUBLIC: The goal of the Exercise is Medicine™ program is to equip the general public with the information and questions you may need in order to have a conversation with your physician. Why? It’s simple. Physical inactivity is a fast-growing public health problem in this country, and contributes to a variety of chronic diseases and health complications, including obesity, coronary artery disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, depression and anxiety, arthritis and osteoporosis.

SCHOOLS: The lack of physical activity in children is a major contributing factor in the increase in obesity in children and adolescents. Consider these facts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

Overweight in children and adolescents is generally caused by lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of the two, with genetics and lifestyle both playing important roles in determining a child's weight.

Our society has become very sedentary. Television, computer and video games contribute to children's inactive lifestyles.

43% of adolescents watch more than two hours of television each day.

Children, especially girls, become less active as they move through adolescence.

As an educator, you can make a significant contribution to the health of children. In the month of May we encourage you to bring the Exercise is Medicine message to your classroom and ultimately to your student’s families.

WORKSITE: Whether you are a worksite health promotion or human resource professional, we would like to provide you with a program that can help you make a significant contribution to your employees’ personal health and wellness.
There are plenty of ways you can participate, but please plan to emphasize exercise and physical activity to employees during the month of May.
Encourage all employees to have a conversation with their organization and/or family physician about physical activity and the health benefits of exercise.

INSURANCE COMPANIES: The Exercise is Medicine™ initiative is designed to help improve the health and well-being of our nation through a regular physical activity prescription from physicians and other healthcare providers. This program calls on insurance companies to ask their physicians to prescribe exercise at every office visit, support preventive services, and provide incentives for your constituents to be physically active. Health problems associated with physical inactivity have a significant economic impact on the U.S. health care system, and a considerable influence on costs related to decreased worker productivity, restricted activity, and time missed from work. CDC reports that obesity costs the nation an estimated $117 billion in 2000; it is estimated that direct medical costs related to physical inactivity costs are about $76 billion. Inactivity doubles the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. It increases the risk of hypertension by almost one third, and doubles the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The economic impact of inactivity as well as obesity is critical to consider. These costs currently represent 16 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the U.S. These costs are expected to reach 20 percent of GDP by 2016. How high can it go and how these growing costs will be met are questions that must be addressed.

Health problems associated with physical inactivity have a significant economic impact on the U.S. health care system, and a considerable influence on costs related to decreased worker productivity, restricted activity, and time missed from work. CDC reports that obesity costs the nation an estimated $117 billion in 2000; it is estimated that direct medical costs related to physical inactivity costs are about $76 billion. Inactivity doubles the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. It increases the risk of hypertension by almost one third, and doubles the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The economic impact of inactivity as well as obesity is critical to consider. These costs currently represent 16 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the U.S. These costs are expected to reach 20 percent of GDP by 2016. How high can it go and how these growing costs will be met are questions that must be addressed.

The Exercise is Medicine™ initiative is designed to help improve the health and well-being of our nation through a regular physical activity prescription from physicians and other healthcare providers. This program calls on insurance companies to ask their physicians to prescribe exercise at every office visit, support preventive services, and provide incentives for your constituents to be physically active.

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