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Communication between doctors and clubs vital to help fight obesity epidemic

Mounting scientific research continues to confirm the relationship between regular exercise and good health, with the benefits ranging from stress relief to the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

And, in 2010, when healthcare reform expanded insurance coverage to include obesity interventions, it fueled the passion that many in the fitness industry feel about helping others. These professionals, along with IHRSA, also recognize the new business potential involved, and the association has developed publications to help clubs capitalize on this opportunity.

IHRSA has created "The Medical Wellness Toolkit: A Guide to Successful Collaborations with Medical and Allied Health Professionals" and "The Value of the Exercise Prescription". Both are designed to help club operators communicate more effectively with doctors, making them successful advocates for medical wellness.

Read on to learn more.

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Exercise may be the best medicine

It seems so simple and obvious. Why, then, has it not caught on?

The idea is having physicians talking more about physical fitness in the doctor’s office, and for those who need it, prescribing exercise. 

The hope is to cut down on the amount of pills a patient takes, get them to the gym to improve their health and prevent other health issues from occurring, while cutting down on health care costs in the United States.

This is the premise of the educational session by Edward Phillips, M.D., Exercise as Medicine: Tapping the Medical Community. The Health Promotion & Wellness track discussion is Thursday, March 13, 1:30 p.m., during IHRSA 2014 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show.

For more on Dr. Phillips's session, Exercise as Medicine, read on.

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