Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Exercise Best Prescription For Longevity, Healthy Life

“Prevention of chronic disease has a not-so-magic pill. It is exercise. ‘The life expectancy of someone in their 80s who exercises is the same as someone in their 60s who doesn’t,’ said Adrian Hutber, vice president of ‘Exercise is Medicine.’ Hutber spoke at the monthly meeting of the Dougherty County Medical Society Tuesday night in the Albany Art Museum’s auditorium. There are four health-risk behaviors that can be changed that could prevent chronic diseases that are the leading causes of death in the country, said Hutber, also a member of the American College of Sports medicine. ‘Ranked number one in risk factors is physical inactivity,’ Hutber said. Hutber spoke to about 25 members of the society in an effort to bring their attention to the efforts of his organization to educate physicians and other health-care provides to make prescriptions of exercise a routine part of their practice. Merely telling a patient to go out and exercise was not really the way to go, Hutber said. Exercise must be prescribed in the right amount for the patient much like a vaccination, he added. A typical prescription that studies have shown improve the health of patients is moderate exercise for 150 minutes a week, he said. Moderate means...

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