For Health Care Providers: Exercise is Medicine®  

As a health professional, you have an opportunity to effect positive change in your patients by asking two simple questions of your patients at each visit, just as you would measure resting heart rate, blood pressure, or weight.

Health professionals already have limited time to counsel patients as is, which is why Exercise is Medicine® provides open access all the materials and information needed to cover the topic of physical activity with patients in an efficient manner. The simple process includes:

For more detailed recommendations on implementing the Exercise is Medicine® Solution in your practice, download the Healthcare Provider’s Action Guide from the Health Care Providers Resources page on the Exercise is Medicine® website.

Physical Activity: A Vital Sign for Health

The importance of physical activity cannot be stressed enough, yet there is a lack of promotion within the health care setting for a variety of reasons. Reducing physical inactivity requires a comprehensive, ‘whole of society’ approach, and health care providers have contact with the majority of Americans, giving them a unique opportunity to encourage physical activity among their patients through physical activity assessment and brief counseling (Coleman, K. J. et al., 2012).

Substantial evidence already exists, with more continuing to emerge, that supports physical activity counseling, as well as prescriptions and referrals that link healthcare and community-based resources. This is the gap that the Exercise Is Medicine® Solution seeks to fill through tested, evidence-based approaches that demonstrate its effectiveness.

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Stories from the Field

Implementation of Physical Activity as a Vital Sign in the Mayo Clinic Health System

Recent research indicates improved patient outcomes when physical activity is assessed as a vital sign at primary care visits and tracked over time. Following the lead of the Exercise is Medicine® Initiative, Mayo Clinic Health System in Minnesota adopted the physical activity vital sign (PAVS) within their electronic medical record (EMR) in 2013. Primary care providers at 19 different clinical sites across southern Minnesota are now able to easily assess their patient’s physical activity levels and counsel patients that are not meeting minimum guidelines for aerobic exercise. For more information about Exercise is Medicine® and the Mayo Clinic, click here.

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Source: Exercise is Medicine® May 2016 Newsletter:

Find Out More About Exercise is Medicine at GMC

For more information about the Exercise is Medicine® program at Gwinnett Medical Center, contact Kristie Delgado at 678-312-6287 or