In the December 2011 issue of JMSMA, the first component of a new weight, calorie and portion control program was published. That program, Southern Remedy’s Healthy Living, offered materials for use with adult and pediatric patients, including training materials for office staff and lay personnel to use in teaching the program. With this issue, we offer the companion piece, the Fitness Prescription. Data on weight management now suggest that the combination of calorie and portion control with moderate aerobic exercise produces better weight loss results and lower levels of recidivism.
The Fitness Prescription offers aerobic exercise information for adults at all fitness levels, beginning with an aerobic program to optimize weight control. It also offers a flexibility and resistance component. Flexibility and resistance exercises have been demonstrated to decrease falls and osteoporosis and slow the rate of muscle mass associated with aging.
We hope you will consider training your office staff to share these materials with your patients as well as taking them into community settings, such as churches and civic organizations. They will be updated from time to time, on the internet and a children’s fitness component will be added. To the best of our knowledge, these recommendations reflect the best evidence at hand. All of these materials are available at www.southernremedy.org for reproduction in your office or use by commercial printers, if you wish. If you wish to co-brand your own practice, hospital or other sponsoring organization with the principle sponsor, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, you are welcome to do.
If you would like a CD of Southern Remedy’s Healthy Living to take to a printer, we will provide you a CD and copyright release (required by professional printers) by mail free of charge to physicians and other providers. Please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to include your name, contact number, and mailing address.
Link to full program at SouthernRemedy.org on Mississippi Public Broadcasting