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Lorquí joins the Activa program that promotes physical exercise in patients from health centers (04/09/2018)

The municipality of Lorquí joins the Activa program, an initiative by which physicians and nurses in primary care health centers prescribe physical exercise to patients.

The Minister of Health, Manuel Villegas, signed today with the mayor of Lorquí, Joaquín Hernández, the agreement by which this municipality joins this initiative with the cession of its sports facilities.

The Active program involves the creation of groups of physical activity to extend the habit of exercise in patients with cardiovascular risk factors, and encourage healthy habits to avoid chronic problems and sedentary behaviors, in addition to promoting healthy lifestyles.

To this project, 56 health centers have been incorporated throughout the regional health map, and 26 municipalities participate.

Nearly 7,000 patients are part of Activa since its launch in 2010. Since then, 550 family doctors and nurses have collaborated in the program, prescribing physical exercise for their patients, and 543 physical activity groups have been set up throughout the country. Region.

The counselor stressed that "physical activity is the best medicine for health", and stressed that "inactivity" is currently the fourth most important mortality risk factor in the world, only behind hypertension, smoking and hyperglycemia. "

He indicated that through this program "participants learn to incorporate into their day to day active and healthy routines to improve their health and avoid or reduce the risks of chronic diseases."

Prevention instrument

The Active program incorporates the prescription of physical exercise in Primary Care as an instrument of prevention and therapy for chronic ailments such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, prediabetes, obesity, childhood obesity or depressive syndrome.

In the development of this program, in addition to the health professionals of the different health centers of the Primary Care network, the Foundation for Health Training and Research of the Region (FFIS) and the town halls, which provide sports facilities, participate.

The exercise prescribed by the medical and nursing staff of the health center to these patients helps them to improve their physical fitness, cardiorespiratory function, muscle strength, flexibility, balance and decrease body fat, and helps them maintain a Healthy weight.

At the same time, physical activity reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression and decreases stress.

Source: CARM

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