On Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST.
In 2010, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that obesity accounted for nearly 20 percent of the increase in U.S. health care spending. Annual health costs related to obesity in the U.S. are nearly $200 billion, roughly 21 percent of which ($42 billion) can be attributed to obesity, according to research released by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
This unsustainable path has put the nation at an economic crossroads and awakened the healthcare system to the economic and moral value of prevention as the primary solution.
The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) held a free webinar, "Defining the Role and Value of the Well-qualified Health and Fitness Professional to the Healthcare Team" hosted by the American Heart Association's Director of Policy Research, Laurie Whitsel, Ph.D., on February 18th. Joining her was the Director of Harvard's Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Edward Phillips, M.D. and physical medicine and rehabilitation expert, Lisa Coors, owner of Coors Core Fitness, who receives client referrals from numerous physician practices.
The webinar focused on:
- Reviewing evidence supporting the role and value of the well-qualified health and fitness professional.
- Exploring ideas on how these professionals can serve as a link between the clinic and community.
- Discussing the definition of a well-qualified fitness professional, the value of fostering relationships between the fitness and healthcare spaces, and addressing the barriers to be expected when creating this critical link and how to overcome them.