Exercise is Medicine – A Way to Promote Physical Activity in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada, March 25, 2015
Recorded Webinar
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In recent years, researchers and health professionals have shone a light on the consequences of sedentary lifestyles, including declining health, decreased energy, poor work performance, and of course, an increased strain on our health care system. However, despite growing knowledge of these negative effects, doctors and employers continue to struggle with implementing healthy activity programs that people follow and stick with. So what can be done to get people to take physical activity, and in turn, their health, more seriously?

Webinar Highlights

Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC)’s vision is that “Physical activity is an integral part of prevention and treatment of chronic disease in the Canadian health care system”. In this 60 minute webinar, Dr. Robert Sallis describes his role in launching and leading EIM in the United States, and his clinical and administrative experience leading the integration of the Exercise Vital Sign (EVS) into routine clinical practice at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Sallis’ presentation will show very positive clinician acceptance and patient outcomes of EIM based on implementation research evaluation results.

Joining Dr. Sallis is Ms. Susan Yungblut, who describes the work of EIM in Canada including their goals, partners, current programming. Susan discusses how EIMC has been linking health and exercise professionals to offer new solutions to the complex problem of sedentary behaviour and its impact on chronic disease in Canada.

About Robert

Robert Sallis is a family physician practicing at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, California and serving as Co-Director of their Sports Medicine Fellowship program. He is a Past-President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and currently chairs Exercise is Medicine™, a joint initiative of ACSM and the American Medical Association. He also chaired the Healthcare Sector of the U.S. Physical Activity Plan and is the physician spokesperson for the “Every Body Walk!” campaign.

Dr. Sallis received his Medical Degree from Texas A&M University. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine.

About Susan

Susan Yungblut is the Director of Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC). She facilitates the work of the EIMC Advisory Council to create programming, tools and resources that link and support health and exercise professionals across Canada. In the past Susan managed the Physician Health portfolio at the Canadian Medical Association. Prior to this she supported her physiotherapy colleagues developing policy and educational programming at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in addition to her clinical work.

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