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Exercise for Health Care Patients Becomes Top Fitness Trend for 2017

July 28, 2017

The American College of Sports Medicine® (ACSM) has listed Exercise is Medicine® among the top ten fitness trends. Ranking at number 7, this program is a global health initiative that is focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients and referring their patients to exercise professionals (Thompson, 2016). Thousands of professionals from around the world completed an electronic survey by ACSM to determine health and fitness trends for 2017.

The Exercise is Medicine® program encourages physicians to develop a regular referral program for patients into community programs. It also encourages exercise professionals to develop significant relationships in their communities with health care providers so that they have the necessary confidence to routinely refer their patients to qualified professionals (Thompson, 2016).

Many of the medically integrated fitness facilities managed by Power Wellness are partners with this program. Our Next Steps medical fitness programs provide patients with the support and resources they need to become stronger through exercise. We improve the health of the communities we serve by working as partners with health care systems and wellness centers nationwide (Howmed).

“I am back to routine exercise and golf at a minimum of twice a week.  The support I received from the cardiac rehab staff and the exercise staff, as well as the friendly ‘Hello! How are you doing?’ from the front desk staff, has made this more of a learning experience than an ordeal.  Thanks to the Voorhees Center staff, I am fully recovered from my coronary incident with no restrictions on my daily lifestyle.  It has been a great experience.” – Bill Finck, member of Virtua William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness.

Find out how Power Wellness can position your organization as an innovative leader in fitness and wellness. Call us today at 877.888.2988.

Thompson, W. R. (2016). WORLDWIDE SURVEY OF FITNESS TRENDS FOR 2017. ACSM’S Health & Fitness Journal®, 8-17.

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