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Entries in Harvard (3)


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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Lifting weights may help reduce diabetes risk

Any more United Kingdom-related news and information in this version of This Week in the Fitness Industry and we would have to serve you fish and chips while you read.

There is a study reported in the BBC, and news about UK chains Virgin Active and Fitness First. 

Read about it all, and more, in This Week in the Fitness Industry.

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This Week in Fitness: Profiting from Success, Not Failure

A few Harvard graduates cooked up a new business model they think will improve the rate of success for gym-goers. Read about this and more in This Week in the Fitness Industry.

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