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December 22/29, 2015

Making Physical Activity Counseling a Priority in Clinical Practice: The Time for Action Is Now

Author Affiliations
  • 1Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
  • 2University of Central Florida, Orlando
  • 3Rippe Lifestyle Institute, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
  • 4Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2015;314(24):2617-2618. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.16244

Overwhelming evidence indicates that regular physical activity is one of the most powerful health-promoting practices that physicians and other health care professionals can recommend for patients.1 For decades, scientific research has shown that regular physical activity protects against major chronic diseases, including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, cognitive decline, selected cancers, and even depression.1-3 There is broad consensus within the medical and public health communities that physical activity yields wide-ranging health benefits. Moreover, no other single intervention or treatment is associated with such a diverse array of benefits.

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