Exercise is Medicine Turkiye is a program conducted by Health Promotion and Health Policy Association in order to make physical activity and exercise an important part of disease prevention and treatment.
Developed by the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine in 2007, the Exercise is Medicine initiative is coordinated by American Sports Medicine.
The intent of the program is to encourage primary care physicians and health care providers to include physical activity while preparing disease prevention and treatment plans and to prescribe physical activity by physicians.
Year 2015 Activities
Within the scope of Exercise is Medicine initiative, the family physicians have been visited, informed and introduced to exercise prescriptions by our 3 field representatives after selecting Istanbul as a pilot area from 2015.The studies show that exercise has an important role in the treatment and prevention of more than 40 chronical diseases including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure.
After being visited by our field representatives, the family physicians have begun writing physical activity suggestions for their patients. One of the biggest problems of our age is the physical inactivity and prescriptions are written in order to decrease it.
During the year of 2015, 85% of the family physicians (approximately 2850 physicians) in Istanbul have been visited by our field representatives and prescriptions have been distributed. It is known that there are 3500 individuals in Istanbul who are connected to every family physician. In the light of this information, approximately 10 million registered populations have been reached. Since 2015, about 1,1 million ‘Exercise is Medicine’ prescriptions have been distributed to family physicians by our field representatives.
The World Health Organization recommends that individuals walk at least 30minutes a day, 5 days a week. And our family physicians recommend exercise and physical activity appropriate for their patient’s physical, social and economic conditions.
Our field representatives got positive feedback about Exercise is Medicine project in their second visits to the family physicians. The nice turns, such as patients’ starting walking after family physicians recommendations and going out for a walk as groups in certain days of the week make us even more excited.
Exercise is Happiness..
Year 2016 Activities
The Exercise is Medicine Turkiye licensor association has been certified with ‘Leadership and Excellence’ certificate from American Sports College for the activities carried out.
You can reach the Exercise is Medicine global documents from here,
And ‘Health Prescriptions for 40 Diseases’ Series from here.