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Benefit of Adding Physical Activity to Treatment Plans

Summary: How can physical activity be incorporated into treatment plans for better overall health?
Air Date: 3/11/16
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Felipe Lobelo, MD
Dr. Roberto LobeloFelipe Lobelo, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA, is an associate professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Lobelo’s interests are in chronic disease prevention, physical activity, obesity and cardio-metabolic diseases in high and low-to-middle income countries. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is a member of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine Initiative advisory board, Directing their Global Research and Collaboration Center. Dr. Lobelo has a special interest in global health and health disparities in both non-communicable and infectious diseases. From 2008 to 2010 he served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at CDC and was involved in US and international epidemiological field investigations, having an active role in CDC's H1N1 response; investigating the outbreak abroad and serving as an official CDC media spokesperson for Hispanic/Latino populations. From 2010 to 2014, Dr Lobelo served as a Medical Epidemiologist at CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in their Office of the Director and their Diabetes Translation and Physical Activity groups.

Dr. Lobelo believes in “practicing what you preach” and strongly advocates for doctors to become healthy role models for their patients and communities. He is an avid Soccer player, a member of the US Medical Soccer Team, the US representative in the Annual “World Cup for Doctors” and locally in the Virginia-Highland Football Club. He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, their son and their two dogs.

Benefit of Adding Physical Activity to Treatment Plans
Treatment plans from health care providers usually consist of some combination of dietary changes, taking supplements, and sometimes adding medication.

There may be visits to specialists for diagnosis as well, depending on the issues you're trying to address.

Exercise can also serve as medicine for the body. Elevating physical activity to the status so it becomes a standard on health care would help preserve and improve patient health. Wouldn't it be nice to get a treatment plan from your doctor that includes the best physical activity to help your condition?

Listen in as Dr. Felipe Lobelo discusses how physical activity can be incorporated into treatment plans for better health.