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Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth

 
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Exercise is Medicine 

Keeping Patients Healthier

Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth embraces Exercise is Medicine because physical activity is so important to health and the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

Exercise is Medicine, a national initiative introduced by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Association (AMA), brings health prevention and exercise into new focus. The program encourages health providers who care for and influence individual health to raise the bar on exercise for their patients.

At the Carter Rehabilitation and Fitness Center on the Baylor Fort Worth campus, patients can participate in Exercise is Medicine and re-engage in healthy living.

The Goals

  • 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 Program

Baylor Fort Worth embraces Exercise is Medicine by encouraging physicians on the medical staff at Baylor Fort Worth and hospital departments to encourage physical activity and exercise for all patients.

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 Rehabilitation and Fitness Center.

With physician oversight, an interdisciplinary team of clinicians, exercise physiologists and other health professionals evaluates each patient, including any medical disease – such as cardiovascular, pulmonary, diabetes, obesity or other condition. Before creating an individualized exercise program, the team may recommend additional diagnostic testing such as a stress test.  

Along with a custom-designed exercise program, a patient may participate in activities that teach and reinforce healthy living including:

  • Aquatic exercise: heated pool & spas
  • Instructor-led classes: water and land aerobics
  • Cardio respiratory and resistance training: indoor track and fitness equipment
  • Education classes: stress management, nutritional counseling and more

Exercise is Medicine participants benefit by guided exercise, monitoring of vital signs and changes, as well as optional oversight by personal trainers.

For more information, call 1-800-4BAYLOR or visit Exercise is Medicine™.