Health Care – STRATEGY 3

Use a health care systems approach to promote physical activity and to prevent and treat physical inactivity.


  • Encourage health care systems and payors to prioritize physical activity and develop comprehensive approaches to physical activity promotion.
  • Build upon successful programs already in place to create a central role for physical activity.
  • Evaluate and promote effective practices and programs that encourage physical activity in partnership with insurers. For example, create patient incentives for demonstrating increased physical activity and fitness, such as co-payment waivers during chronic disease management visits.
  • Expand research that identifies and evaluates best practices for physical activity in health care, particularly those effective in population segments at high risk of physical inactivity.
  • Establish a national network of programs, providers and advocates for physical activity as a key component of the U.S. health system.
  • Make low-cost, evidence-based cognitive and behavioral interventions widely available for referral by health care providers to patients. These interventions can include high-tech approaches, such as Web resources and “smart phone” applications.
  • Disseminate current best-practice guidelines for promoting physical activity in high risk subpopulations. Include approaches relevant to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention.

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Oliver Bartzsch is an experienced medical professional with over 15 years of professional experience. With a passion for medicine, fitness, and personal growth, he is always willing to challenge himself to accomplish tasks and especially to provide accurate medical information to people. Oliver is a long-time medical editor for multiple sites. With more than 10 years of medical writing experience, he has completed over 350 projects with both individual and corporate clients.


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