In a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, the Coalition was able to obtain bipartisan support from Congress urging her to begin the process of reviewing and renewing the federal physical activity guidelines issued in 2008.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans include recommendations of the types and amounts of physical activity that people of any age or ability level should perform to gain important health benefits. Because of the rapidly evolving nature of our scientific understanding of the benefits of exercise, we believe the guidelines must be reviewed at least every five years, as are federal dietary guidelines.
Governor Brian Sandoval and the State of Nevada have joined the Healing Moves Foundation to celebrate Exercise is Medicine™ Month. The Governor’s Proclamation is a Call to Action encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients. Regular physical activity is indeed a powerful prescription, with great potential to improve the health of all Americans.
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New guidelines are urging survivors to exercise more, even — hard as it may sound — those who haven’t yet finished their treatment.
There’s growing evidence that physical activity improves quality of life and eases some cancer-related fatigue. More, it can help fend off a serious decline in physical function that can last long after therapy is finished.
Consider: In one year, women who needed chemotherapy for their breast cancer can see a swapping of muscle for fat that’s equivalent to 10 years of normal aging, says Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
In other words, a 45-year-old may find herself with the fatter, weaker body type of a 55-year-old. (more…)
The Healing Moves Foundation advisory board member Carol Krucoff, E-RYT has done it again! Her new book, “Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain” will help countless readers cope with the consequences of living in this digital age. Everyday activities like using the computer, driving, texting, and even relaxing with a good book tend to round our bodies forward, creating pain and tension in the neck and shoulders. This wonderful book features simple yoga-based neck and shoulder exercises readers can do at work or at home to release muscle tension and relax when they begin to feel pain. (more…)
The Healing Moves Foundation attended a news conference and official launch of the PPE Campaign and Coalition for Youth Sports Health and Safety at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 13, 2010. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage consistent, thorough and high-quality preparticipation physical evaluations for athletes beginning training and competition in sports activities. These medical screenings are extremely important to protect our young athletes. People who appear healthy can often have undetected conditions such as heart problems, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, or concussion complications. A new study by the American College of Sports Medicine finds overwhelming support for consistent medical screening of young athletes to identify if any of these conditions are present before they hit the playing field. Currently, there are no national standards when evaluating students. Each state has a different mandate on the requirements for the PPE. (more…)