Prescribing Physical Activity for Overweight/Obese Patients in the Primary care Setting
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This paper offers a practical patient-practitioner approach to the growing epidemic of overweight and obese individuals taking place in the United State, which currently affects three – quarters of the population. Healthcare providers can slow and even reverse this growing trend by working cooperatively with the patients to design individualized programs of physical activity and exercise tailored specifically to patients’ interests, abilities and lifestyles. The process is incorporated into a written prescription, designed specifically or personalized physical activity and exercise. This paper discusses and recommends strategies for implementing effective physical activity and exercise guidelines, which are intended to assist the practitioner and encourage patient accountability, compliance, and success.