Your Medical Chart May Soon Log Exercise, Too
Roll up a sleeve for the blood pressure cuff. Stick out a wrist for the pulse-taking. Lift your tongue for the thermometer. Report how many minutes you are active or getting exercise.
If the last item isn't part of the usual drill at your doctor's office, a movement is afoot to change that. One recent national survey indicated only a third of Americans said their doctors asked about or prescribed physical activity.
Doctors generally prescribe exercise first, instead of medication, and for many patients that's often all it takes.
But it is still a challenge; a study looking at the first year of Kaiser's effort showed more than a third of patients said they never exercise.
As recently as November a government-led study concluded that people who routinely exercise live longer than others, even if they're overweight.
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