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Nutr Clin Care. 2002 May-Jun;5(3):103-14.

Talking to patients about aerobic exercise for disease prevention: an educational exercise for medical students.

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Division of General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Health Policy, University of Louisville, Louisville VA Medical Center, 502 East Broadway, Med Center One, Suite 320-06, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, USA.


Numerous data demonstrate the importance of physical activity in reducing obesity and cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. Research demonstrates the beneficial impact of physician counseling on health promoting behaviors. Unfortunately, few physicians or medical students receive formal training in exercise counseling. We describe an educational activity used to provide medical students with the tools needed to begin to engage patients in activity counseling.

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