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Wednesday
Nov172010

IHRSA Walks for a Healthy Fit Nation

 

L to R: Joe Moore, IHRSA President & CEO, Surgeon General Benjamin, Helen Durkin, EVP of Public Policy, IHRSA, Art Curtis, CEO, Millennium Partners Sportsclub ManagementLast week, IHRSA members and staff pounded the pavement in Boston alongside U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, to promote the medical benefits of exercise. The Walk for a Healthy and Fit Nation is part of the Surgeon General’s national effort to combat obesity and reduce chronic disease by getting doctors to prescribe more exercise.

“It is very encouraging for the fitness industry and for the health of the American people,” says IHRSA President and CEO, Joe Moore.  “It demonstrates that leaders in Washington are working hard to send the message that exercise is medicine.”

The walk was held in conjunction with the Active Doctors, Active Patients conference, where health care professionals acquired the tools and information needed to assess patients’ level of physical activity and make recommendations.

For Dr. Edward M. Phillips, Director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and leader of the conference, changing the way doctors prescribe exercise is essential.  “This critical transformation is motivated by significant research indicating that modifiable behaviors–especially physical inactivity and unhealthy eating-are the major drivers of mortality, disease, and health care costs.”