Routine Assessment and Promotion of Physical Activity in Healthcare Settings

Published: April 04, 2018

male doctor's hand writing prescription to patient
  • Physical inactivity is a consistent public health problem and is associated with a high burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and other non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs).
  • This scientific statement reviews the evidence regarding the feasibility, validity and effectiveness of assessment and promotion of physical activity (PA) in healthcare settings for adult patients.
  • This statement discusses the importance of healthcare providers assessing levels of physical activity with the goal of educational discussions about its importance to health.