Physical activity RX: development and implementation of physical activity counselling and prescription learning objectives for Canadian medical school curriculum

Authors

  • Lauren C Capozzi University of Calgary
  • Victor Lun University of Calgary
  • Erin M Shellington University of British Columbia
  • Taniya S Nagpal Brock University
  • Jennifer R Tomasone Queen's University
  • Catherine Gaul University of Victoria
  • Arielle Roberts University of British Columbia
  • Jonathon R Fowles Acadia University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36834/cmej.73767

Abstract

Physical activity is an important component of health and well-being, and is effective in the prevention, management, and treatment of numerous non-communicable chronic diseases. Despite the known health benefits of physical activity in all populations, most Canadians do not meet physical activity recommendations. Physicians play a key role in assessing, counselling, and prescribing physical activity. Unfortunately, many barriers, including the lack of adequate education and training, prevent physicians from promoting this essential health behaviour. To support Canadian medical schools in physical activity curriculum development, a team of researchers, physicians, and exercise physiologists collaborated to develop a key set of learning objectives deemed essential to physican education in physical activity counselling and prescription. This commentary will review the newly developed Canadian Physical Activity Counselling Learning Objectives and give case examples of three Canadian medical schools that have implemented these learning objectives.

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Published

2022-05-30

How to Cite

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Capozzi LC, Lun V, Shellington EM, Nagpal TS, Tomasone JR, Gaul C, Roberts A, Fowles JR. Physical activity RX: development and implementation of physical activity counselling and prescription learning objectives for Canadian medical school curriculum. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2022 May 30 [cited 2022 Aug. 19];13(3):52-9. Available from: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/73767