Exercise May Be Added To Your Medical Chart

CHICAGO (January 6, 2013)--There's a movement brewing to add questions about exercise to the list of routine checks done at the start of most doctor visits, which means putting the minutes you exercise weekly at the top of your medical chart along with other vital signs such as temperature and blood pressure.

Doctors who support the idea say it emphasizes that physical inactivity is riskier than high blood pressure, obesity and other health risks.

The movement started a few years ago at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California and has spread to Kaiser plans in other states. Other health systems from Utah to Illinois have adopted the idea or plan to this year.

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