TABLE 7

Recommendations for Promoting Physical Activity Assessment and Counseling in Medical Education

1. Demonstrate assessment and counseling in practice for learners.
 a. Primary care pediatricians and health care providers: general physical activity assessment and screening, counseling and goal-setting, and activity or exercise prescription and referral to community partners and resources.
 b. Subspecialists: guidance on physical activity benefits and restrictions as related to relevant medical condition to patient, family, and other physicians involved in the patient’s care.
2. Advocate for the inclusion of education regarding physical activity guidelines within medical school and residency training.
3. Advocate for the inclusion of education regarding physical activity counseling and exercise prescription as part of longitudinal curricula within medical school and residency training.