By reading this article, the following key points will assist exercise professionals in their understanding of health care:
An increased understanding of the complex issues that limit the role of fitness professionals in health care will assist in developing solutions.
Identifying the current state of existing initiatives and where research gaps exist will help fitness professionals determine where to apply their efforts.
Cherie D. Pettitt, Ed.D., FACSM, ACSMEP, NBC-HWC, PAPHS, CSCS, CHWC, EIM Level II, is an associate professor for the Ph.D. program inHealth Science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and is co-owner of Elevating Exercise Science. Dr. Pettitt’s research interests include wellness coaching, exercise prescription in health care, and prolonged sitting and its effects on the vascular system.
Elizabeth Joy, M.D., MPH, FACSM, is the medical director for Community Health, Health Promotion and Wellness, and Nutrition Services at Intermountain Healthcare, an adjunct professor in Family & Prevention Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and practicing physician in family medicine and sports medicine in Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Joy is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Joy’s research interests include physical activity assessment and promotion, diabetes prevention, and the Female Athlete Triad.
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.