Michael is the Past President of Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists
More than half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug, with one in six taking three or more. And while we’re living longer today because of advances in medicine, are we living better?
If there was a prescription that could help keep you healthy – preventing and treating chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, depression, anxiety, asthma, and osteoporosis – would you take it?
Governor Patrick knows what that medication is, and is encouraging all Massachusetts residents to take it regularly: exercise! That’s why he proclaimed May is “Exercise is Medicine” Month.
Initiated by the Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists (MACEP), this proclamation encourages all citizens to speak with their health care provider about how being more active may help keep them healthy and treat chronic conditions. In turn, the medical community is encouraged to talk to their patients about the benefits of exercise and recommend appropriate exercise programs.
While the Surgeon General recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity most days of the week, only half of Massachusetts adults report doing so. We’re taking steps along the right path with May becoming Exercise is Medicine Month and the exceptional work being done by Mass in Motion communities to promote healthier, active living.
This spring, take advantage of all the amazing natural resources and opportunities our great state has to offer. Take a walk or bike ride along the many roads, paths, and trails available in your community. Visit a playground, and have fun being active! Visit your local fitness center to exercise. Whatever you do, don’t forget that exercise is the best medicine.
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting
Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9
It’s January. And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!