Lucas Carr, an associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Physiology, was recently interviewed about the initiative “Exercise is Medicine”. “Exercise is Medicine” is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine, and encourages primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans, as well as referring patients to exercise programs.
Carr was interviewed by UI Wellness in the magazine “Live Well” about the importance of physical activity. He explains that the goal is to have all primary care providers ask their patients about their physical activity, and then provide patients with an “exercise prescription” or refer them to a professional within the community. This initiative is important because physical activity is positively related to mood states, such as calmness and pleasantness. Overall, Carr concludes that exercise is an important life value in order to maintain a healthy mental state.
As mentioned in the article, Carr says that it is important to participate in physical activity that you enjoy, instead of activity that you dread doing. He suggests that this is possible by engaging with friends, listening to podcasts or trying new things. “Live Well” is a great resource for the University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students who are trying to make health a bigger part of their life.