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Michael_see_headshotMichael See, MS, RCEP, CDE, CPHWC

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.

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