A Prescription for Activity

This week, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) convened a meeting to address key issues related to establishing a physical activity prescription at every visit as a medical standard of care. Kaiser Permanante's own Robert Sallis, MD, was in attendance and helped…

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Exercise is the New Vital Sign!

Since the dawn of the doctor’s visit, taking vital signs has been a mainstay. Height, weight, temperature, heart rate, blood pressure. It’s a routine process that we participate in almost without thinking. But at Kaiser Permanente, after the blood pressure…

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Reversing the Epidemic of Inactivity

In the final installment of her seven-part series on Exercise as a Vital Sign (EVS), Kaiser Permanente physician Latifat Apatira blogs about how far we have come and the long road ahead toward reversing what she describes as “the epidemic…

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Initiative Promotes Tracking Exercise as a Vital Sign

A couple years back, Kaiser Permanente began tracking its members exercise habits—Exercise Vital Sign—as a regular part of checking temperature, blood pressure and pulse during routine office visits.  With an electronic health record that tracks that information, they now have…

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