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Denton to proclaim May as Exercise is Medicine™ month

4/15/08

 


DENTON— Denton Mayor Perry McNeill will issue a proclamation at the City Council Meeting tonight naming May 2008 as Exercise is Medicine™ month. The proclamation is one of the first issued in the nation and is part of the month’s activities coordinated by Texas Woman’s University.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have launched the Exercise is Medicine™ month initiative to encourage Americans to incorporate physical activity and exercise into their daily routine. Exercise is Medicine™ month calls on doctors to prescribe exercise to their patients.

“Physical inactivity and obesity are two major public health problems, not only in our state and our country, but also across the globe,” Mayor McNeill said. “I want the citizens of Denton to understand that physical activity will improve health and wellness. It isn’t just about losing weight. Just a modest amount of activity can impact cardiovascular health and enhance strength and flexibility.”

According to Nancy DiMarco, TWU professor of nutrition and food science and director of the TWU Exercise and Sports Nutrition clinic, the university plans to share information about the Exercise is Medicine™ initiative with the clinic’s clients.

“We will encourage them to visit the web site for more information and to talk to their physician about exercise and physical activity,” Dr. DiMarco said. “We also will provide 10 free exercise consultations to patients of local physicians and report their progress back to the referring physician.”
TWU also plans to give a presentation on the value of exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease to the Denton community on May 13.

The website www.exerciseismedicine.org contains educational materials and toolkits for physicians to use in their practices. The site also includes information for patients, the media, and policymakers, as well as a listing of initial supporting organizations. Educational models will be developed for use in medical schools so students can learn the importance of prescribing exercise to patients early in their careers.

A recent survey conducted of the public by ACSM found that nearly two-thirds of patients would be more interested in exercising to stay healthy if advised by their doctor and given additional resources. 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.


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