Blog | Friday, September 27, 2013

AAFP: Even docs aren't exercising.

I just went to a great session on exercise prescriptions, which you can expect to read more about in an upcoming issue of ACP Internist, but one interesting aspect was the focus of speaker Christopher Bunt, MD, on getting his audience to exercise more.

He provided some data on the failure of physicians to live up to the healthy living standards they prescribe. For example, a survey of the 20,000 attendees at the American Heart Association's Scientific Assembly in 2010 found only TEN people who lived up to the organization's "Simple 7" rules for reducing cardiac risk. More anecdotally, he pointed out how few physicians at this conference take the stairs to their sessions, and how many take shuttle buses from hotels just a few blocks away (which I already noticed, and I have to put a little plug for ACP in here--we don't shuttle our internists the half-mile from the Hyatt to the San Diego Convention Center!).

Dr. Bunt took a few minutes during his session to have the audience develop their own exercise plans. Since I've already swam, speed-walked and climbed the stairs of the convention center multiple times during my visit, I used the time to check my email and feel superior. And then we got to the recommendation about how everyone is supposed to eat 4-5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Oops. Unless strawberry margaritas count, I think may need to write myself a vegetable prescription.