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Believe! in Nutrition AND Exercise in EHRs

There is a sign on my desk that states—simply—Believe!  It has gained new meaning this past few weeks.  While we as dietitians know that nutrition and physical exercise really must go hand-in-hand for the best possible health, one often gets lost in the fray.  At present, we are working to assure that physical activity (PA) gets included along side of nutrition in electronic health records.  Starting with the work of Dr. Robert Sallis, who began a process of recording how many minutes each patient exercise per week, we hope to add additional exercise details.  Dr. Sallis is the founder of Exercise is Medicine, a wonderful program established under his tenure as Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He also acts as a physician for Kaiser Permanente’s Everybody Walk Campaign.  From his work, Dr. Sallis has found that patients increase their exercise when they are asked about it and a baseline is given.  He uses the criteria of adults needing at least 150 minutes per week and children 420 minutes per week. Additional work is being completed by ADA’s Nutrition Care Process/Standardized Language Committee to clarify the parameters for physical activity within the International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology. Stay tuned as we advocate for nutrition and physical activity inclusion in EHRs!

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12/8/2011 1:39:22 AM by Tiffany Youngren

Good article - do you think that, as opposed to the message getting lost, it is just hard to BOTH exercise AND eat right, especially when starting out? That's what I run into. I heard a doctor say if we had to prioritize three most important factors to weight loss and health, they would go like this: 1. Get enough sleep 2. Nutrition 3. Exercise So if someone were to pick just one, it should be sleep. Just two, sleep and exercise. Of course all three is what we all really NEED and should get. Just gotta keep plugging away and "practicing" doing it right :)

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