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It is ironic that in today’s world that something as simple as exercise can create measurable health benefits. If you were told that a certain pill could boost your immune system, lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis, you might say, “I’m interested!” If I told you the same pill will also boost brain power, reduce depression, improve feelings of well-being and improve your endurance and strength, without any negative side effects, you probably would be sold on taking that pill, and then ask HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?….. So what’s the catch? That pill is EXERCISE! Exercise has been shown to produce all of the above effects, and the best part is that pill is free! If exercise were a pill, we would not be able to manufacture it fast enough. It would be available in every hospital, clinic, nursing home, and health care facility around the world. The big pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer and Merck would charge over $100 a pill for a drug that produced all of the above health benefits. So, why don’t people exercise? Why don’t they embrace this wonder drug… Nature’s health elixir, the answer to our diseases and infirmities? In 2007 the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) teamed with the American Medical Association (AMA) to start the Exercise is Medicine initiative. This initiative promotes exercise and physical activity in healthcare settings. They believe that exercise and physical activity are important to the health, prevention

and treatment of many chronic diseases. The American Physical Therapy Association is a network member of the Exercise is Medicine initiative and believes that it is the responsibility of every physical therapist to address the health needs of society. Physical therapists have the opportunity to make a positive difference in your lives by giving our patients the appropriate information about the benefits of exercise and integrating it into your therapy. We make it our mission to give you this secret pill that creates those measurable health benefits. “We do not stop exercising because we grow old. We grow old because we stop exercising.” ~Dr. Kenneth Cooper By Jeff Gilliam, PT, PhD, OCS

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