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DEVELOPING ANCILLARY SERVICES FOR DISEASE RISK MANAGEMENT

Fletcher Brady, Janet M.S.

ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal: July/August 2008 - Volume 12 - Issue 4 - pp 23-27
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e31817c3ac6
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LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • To provide readers with the economic facts driving disease management in the United States, present examples of successful disease management strategies as reported by Medical Fitness Association member medical fitness centers, provide readers with key information to evaluate their current disease management services and programs, and if necessary, initiate a program improvement process.

The future of health care is dependent on the prevention and ongoing treatment of chronic disease. Medical fitness centers are the ideal setting for developing this clinically integrated model. This article provides tips to enhance an existing program as well as ideas to develop a disease management program.

Janet Fletcher Brady, M.S., is the director of Medical Programs for LifeSpan and the cofounder/developer of Fitness Forever. Ms. Brady has 17 years of hospital-based health promotions and cardiac rehab experience as the former director of Health Promotions at Tahoe Forest Hospital. Ms. Brady can be reached at janet@lifespanfitness.com.

© 2008 American College of Sports Medicine