HATTIESBURG, Miss. – There is a common opinion in modern medicine that the wellness of patients is a crucial element in the future of health care. Current costs for healthcare are high, and this is largely due to an increase in claims due to obesity and obesity-related diseases and disorders. For this reason, the American College of Sports Medicine, in conjunction with the American Medical Association, has launched Exercise is Medicine®, a global initiative to help health care providers to become effective at consistently counseling and referring patients with regard to their physical activity needs.
“This program is a response to the tremendous need in this area for lifestyle intervention,” said Lee Armstrong, Anatomies Gateway Administrator and Exercise Physiologist. “Through the referrals of trusted healthcare providers, Anatomies, in Hattiesburg, is reaching out to individuals who are either newcomers to exercise or returning to an active lifestyle involving exercise.”
Dr. Brian Gearity, assistant professor in the School of Human Performance and Recreation, at Southern Miss helped to construct this program and advised the Anatomies staff with implementation. “This program works by designing a customized fitness plan to meet the individuals’ needs.”
For more information about the Gateway Program at Anatomies, contact Lee Armstrong at 601.579.9555. For information regarding the Southern Miss School of Human Performance and Recreation, call 601.266.5386.