A Prescription for Activity For people suffering from injury, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and a variety of chronic conditions, exercise may be just what the doctor ordered.
According to an American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) survey, nearly 65 percent of patients would exercise on a regular basis if their doctor suggested it and they had appropriate resources. Since exercise is a vital component of a healthy life, the Texas Health Finley Ewing Cardiovascular and Fitness Center (CVC) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has adopted the Exercise is Medicine initiative, developed by the ACSM and American Medical Association, to help physicians guide patients toward proper exercise regimens.
“A physician can usually only cover so much during a patient visit,” says Tom Fisch, National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and manager of CVC Health Services at Texas Health Dallas. “When patients are referred to our facility, they receive guidance and resources to get the exercise they need.”
The center offers cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy services for patients recovering from surgery or illness, and it boasts a 76,000-square-foot fitness facility that offers services including:
• Individual and group personal training
• Inpatient and outpatient massage therapy
• Specialized exercise programs for people with arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease
A team of personal trainers and fitness specialists with advanced training in exercise science provides these services and develops
programs specifically designed for each person based on his or her goals or needs.
To learn more about how the CVC can help you achieve your fitness goals, visit TexasHealth.org/DallasFitness.