1. Welcome

Welcome to the Healing Moves Foundation website! Our organization recognizes that being physically active is one of the most important steps that people of all ages and abilities can take to improve their health and quality of life.  The...
Exercise is Medicine

2. Exercise is Medicine

    The Healing Moves Foundation has joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine™ network in an effort to promote physical activity as part of a patient’s...

7 Ways to Ease Into Yoga

Have you resolved to exercise and get healthier in the new year? Health and medical experts say you might want to try yoga.

In fact, a 2008 Harris poll of a cross section of 5,000 Americans found that 6.1 percent — which would translate to nearly 14 million adults — say their doctor or therapist recommended yoga to them.

Yoga is an ancient healing practice that has become increasingly popular in our modern, stressful world as a powerful way to stretch and strengthen the body, relax and calm the mind, enhance energy and lift the spirit. Doctors often recommend yoga to people over 50 because it can help lower blood pressure, ease pain and improve balance. But people stick with the ancient practice because they find it improves their mood, reduces stress and, simply put, makes them happier.

Unfortunately, many yoga instructors are not trained to adapt the practice to older bodies. And America’s booming interest in yoga has lead to an increase in classes that are called yoga, but are actually “yoga-flavored” exercise classes taught by instructors whose yoga training may be limited to a weekend workshop.

Unless a yoga teacher creates a safe class designed for older adults, this practice meant to heal may cause harm. To safely reap the many benefits of yoga, it’s important to understand these seven essential yoga facts: (more…)

HIV and Exercise

People with HIV can slow down their HIV infections and improve their health by doing four things: eating a healthy diet, managing stress levels effectively, getting sufficient sleep and getting some regular exercise.

A study by the Department of Health and Environmental Control in South Carolina showed that HIV patients who exercised three to four times per week were less likely to develop Aids than those who did no exercise at all. It not only slowed HIV progression, but increased blood counts as well. (more…)

Healing Moves promotes exercise with radio PSA

Healing Moves promotes exercise with radio PSA


Click and listen to the Healing Moves Foundation’s radio public service announcement!  The PSA was presented to all of the radio stations throughout the State of Nevada and played June through September this summer.  The Nevada Broadcasters Association estimated 600-800 play times per month!  It was a great way to get our message out to encourage people to move a little more for better health.  We would like to thank the Nevada Organ and Tissue Donor Task Force for joining us in our mission and sponsoring this campaign.  


Promoting up-to-date exercise guidelines

Promoting up-to-date exercise guidelines

The Healing Moves Foundation has become a founding member of the Federal Physical Activity Guidelines Coalition to ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services regularly updates and promotes the Guidelines at least every five years, as is done with federal dietary guidelines.  Our organization relies on the latest scientific research concerning the preventive and therapeutic effects of exercise.  Over the years, recommendations for physical activity have changed drastically.  It wasn’t too long ago that a patient’s treatment plan after most surgeries was days of bed rest.  Now, it is common knowledge that most patients who start moving sooner, speed their recovery time. 

We support and encourage members of Congress to approve  H.R. 3851 in the U.S. House and S.1818 in the Senate, stressing the importance of having regularly updated Physical Activity Guidelines that reflect the latest scientific and translational breakthroughs about the role of physical activity in promoting health and preventing disease. 

To view the current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, click on the tab “Exercise Guidelines” at the top of our website.  View the ACSM Advocacy Coalition.

Physical activity reduces stroke risk

Family physicians have a major responsibility to their patients to help them promote their general health, both physical and mental. Patients tend to require more frequent visits as they age, giving multiple possibilities for physicians to apply the latest medical research to promote patients’ well-being. In the past several years, research has shown physical activity and fitness to be major determinants of health. As recommended by the Exercise Is Medicine™ (EIM) initiative, exercise needs to be established as a vital sign and assessed at all doctor’s visits. In our recent study, we found a strong inverse relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and incident stroke. In fact, there was a 60% lower stroke incidence in the high-fitness group compared with the low-fitness group. We know from prior studies that individuals can improve fitness by participating in regular physical activity. Numerous studies provide strong evidence that physical activity and fitness protect against numerous health problems. It is unlikely that there will ever be a pill that provides the multiple benefits of regular physical activity.


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