Study shows medical schools don’t teach exercise

Less than half of physicians trained in the U.S. in 2013 received formal training on the role of exercise in maintaining good health, according to a study from Corvallis-based Oregon State University.

In a review of 118 medical schools, researchers found 51 percent did not offer courses on physical activity, 21 percent offered just one course and 82 percent had no physical activity-related course requirements.

"There are immense medical benefits to exercise; it can help as much as medicine to address some health concerns," Brad Cardinal, PhD, co-author of the study and national expert on the benefits of physical activity, said in a statement. "Because exercise has medicinal as well as other benefits, I was surprised that medical schools didn’t spend more time on it."

 

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