May is Exercise is Medicine® Month. This is a time when all providers are called to assess and review every patient’s physical activity program at every visit. It is a time for celebrating the health benefits of exercise and offering resources to get people moving.
“Everyone should start or renew an exercise program now as an investment in lifelong health,” said Robert E. Sallis, MD, FACSM, chair of Exercise is Medicine. “Every person, regardless of age or health, is responsible for his or her own physical activity. There are far more reasons to exercise than excuses not to.”
Exercise is Medicine partners include the American College of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and organizations and universities from all parts of the world.
For the past four years, governors and mayors nationwide have signed on to proclaim May 2011 as Exercise is Medicine Month in their communities.