AMA to Chicago Tribune: AMA Supports Prevention and Wellness Efforts
Aug. 15, 2012 (published online)
Letter to the Editor
To the Editor:
The American Medical Association strongly supports prevention and wellness efforts to promote a healthy America, including the promotion of physical fitness. According to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, while more people are walking, many are still not getting enough exercise (News, Aug. 7).
Physical activity has been shown to help reduce many health risks, including diabetes, heart disease and many cancers. Walking is an easy way for the majority of people to be more active and gain the associated health benefits.
The AMA is committed to improving health outcomes in our nation and has made this a key pillar in our five-year strategic plan launched earlier this year. The AMA offers easy-to-use resources to help physicians talk with their patients about living longer, healthier lives, including the AMA's Healthier Life Steps program. This free resource helps patients and physicians work together to address key health behaviors, including physical activity, by helping them to set goals and create an action plan.
Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD
President, American Medical Association