We are writing in response to the recent Special Article by Manson et al1 regarding the clinicians' role in
"combating the epidemics of excess weight and physical inactivity." The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has been working for some time to promote the importance of exercise and physical activity, particularly for older adults.
Low rates of physician counseling have been linked to a number of barriers, including limited availability of materials to aid both the patient and the physician.2 In addition to the resource Exercise and Your Heart3 recommended by Manson et al,1 we would also like to let your readers know about Exercise: A Guide From the National Institute on Aging.4
Hodes RJ, Dutta C, Pocinki KM. Don't Forget to Prescribe Exercise for Your Older Patients. Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(18):. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.18.2065-b