By exercising three times a week, 70-year-old grandmother Mary Margaret Floyd lost 40 pounds in a year. The long-time avoider of exercise thought she could slide by as a “fluffy grandmother” and no one would notice.
But her doctor did and prescribed the “Exercise is Medicine” program.
Exercise is Medicine is a national initiative introduced by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA), that brings health prevention and exercise into new focus. The program encourages health providers to raise the bar and encourage exercise for their patients.
- Keep patients healthier through physical activity
- Monitor exercise and vital health signs
- Identify changes in health and address health problems earlier
- Decrease readmission rates
The key toward improved health is regular monitoring of exercise and health status—before, during or after treatment or surgery. On the Baylor Fort Worth campus, it all starts with a physical assessment at the Carter Center. Participants benefit by guided exercise, monitoring of vital signs and changes, as well as optional oversight by personal trainers.
Now an avid exerciser, Mary Margaret’s favorite piece of gym equipment is the treadmill, she gets “hyped up” on it. Before she started her exercise regime, Mary Margaret, who is a breast cancer survivor, had high blood pressure, shortness of breath and was overweight.
The day I talked with her, she gleefully explained that she now wore a size 10 slack. That’s quite a high for someone who weighed 180 pounds a year ago. Learn more about her story.