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AMA News Room

April 1, 2013

AMA Medical Students Hold Week of Wellness April 1-7 to Promote Healthy Behaviors

For immediate release:
April 1, 2013

CHICAGO American Medical Association (AMA) medical students today announced the start to the fourth annual "Week of Wellness," focusing on improving patient health and wellness across the nation. 

"The Week of Wellness underscores the commitment of our future physicians to encourage healthy lifestyles in their communities," said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D. "We commend our medical students for working to motivate and encourage their neighbors to take an active role in improving their own health and wellness."

During the "Week of Wellness," AMA medical students in sections throughout the nation will implement projects and hold events aimed at promoting four key health behaviors to improve health outcomes: healthy diet, increasing physical activity, reducing risky alcohol consumption and quitting smoking.

A sampling of "Week of Wellness" activities includes:

  • An Active Health Fair is planned at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The fair will feature more than 20 booths promoting the importance of healthy eating, physical activity and the avoidance of risky lifestyle behaviors among elementary school children and their parents.
  • Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta is planning four weeks of events and activities to address the importance of nutrition and physical activity. Activities include weekly kickboxing classes, individual appointments with a registered dietitian and a luncheon with a nutritionist.
  • The University of Cincinnati Medical School is working with local health and community organizations to hold a health fair providing preventive medical services for Cincinnati residents who do not have access to primary care physicians or regular health screenings. Participants will be able to check their cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels and participate in other screenings.

For more information about the AMA medical student "Week of Wellness," visit www.ama-assn.org/go/nsp. For information about the AMA Healthier Life Steps Program™, a patient-physician partnership promoting a longer, healthier life, visit www.ama-assn.org/go/healthierlifesteps.

Media Contact:
Shannon (O'Brien) Breymaier
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4443


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