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“Physical Activity – It Is What Keeps Us Alive!”

8 Doctors Speak Out in Roundtable

SILVER SPRING, MD – September 9, 2014 – A growing number of medical doctors are in 100 percent agreement on how to combat obesity.  They feel that the right prescription is a regular and steady dosage of exercise and physical activity.

Thanks to the efforts of the ShareWIK Media Group, eight of the top medical experts have shared their views on theSharewik many factors that cause obesity with a special focus on the importance of activity and fitness.  

Below are some ‘quick quotes’ from these eight doctors. You can see and hear each doctor’s views on the obesity issue and ‘inactivity pandemic’ by clicking on this page, which takes you to the PHIT America Doctors Roundtable. Then, click on each of the doctors image where you can see a 2-3 minute video.

Dr. Tim Church, Professor, Louisiana State University - "I’m frustrated with treating (obesity) issues which are 100 percent preventable.  We are what we do.”

Dr. James Hill, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - “It’s imperative that we incorporate physical activity into our lives because your body was meant to move” and “when you stop, it screws up your metabolism.”  

Dr. Steven Blair, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC - “Fitness trumps fatness as a predictor of who is going to stay alive and who is going to stay healthy. Exercise as if your life depended on it because the alternative is not very attractive.”

Dr. William Bird, CEO, Intelligent Health (England) - “The current obesity epidemic is because our energy balance is wrong. Too many calories are coming in.  Not enough calories are going out.  Eighteen percent of cancers are caused by inactivity, which is a preventable matter. Everybody knows that smoking is bad.  But not everybody knows that physical inactivity is bad.”

Dr. Bob Sallis, Medical Doctor/Co-Director, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center - “I love the idea of exercise as a medication because, first of all, it doesn’t cost anything.  And, to me, the generic exercise prescription is walking.  Most anyone can do it, essentially do it anywhere, any time of the day.”

Dr. I-Min Lee, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School - “In my opinion, one of the most important things that we can do to improve our health, both preventing chronic diseases as well as enhancing quality of life, is to be physically active”

Dr. Robert Ross, Professor of Exercise Physiology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario - “We know, without a doubt, now that if you engage in those (physical activity) behaviors, you decrease your risk with respect to blood lipids and managing blood sugar, you’ll probably decrease your waist circumference, you’ll increase your cardiorespiratory fitness.”

Ken Powell, former Chief, Behavioral Epidemiology and Evaluation Branch, CDC - “I really think that we as a society together – and our leaders in particular – need to recognize their responsibility to simply build a place where we can be more physically active more easily.”

PHIT America, the leader creating a Movement for a Fit & Healthy America, applauds the new focus of these doctors and many more who realize “exercise is medicine” and one of the greatest ways America can prevent and reduce health care costs.  

“We don’t really have a health care system. We have a ‘sickcare’ system,” says Jim Baugh, Founder of PHIT America.  “These doctors realize exercise is great preventive medicine. If Americans are looking for a way to get active and fit, they should go to GetFitHere.org to search through more than 50 different sports or activities to find a league, team, fitness outlet or an instructor in your local area. We have made it easy for everyone to get fit and active.”

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