3.15.16: More doctors are prescribing exercise instead of medication
BOSTON (AP) — Doctors treating chronic health problems increasingly are prescribing exercise instead of medicines for their patients.
At a health center in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, primary care physicians, internists and psychologists are prescribing access to a gym for $10 a month.
Advocates say low-cost access to a gym is important. Many residents’ income is low, and 70 percent of patients suffer from chronic problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.
Monisha Long suffers from morbid obesity and hypertension. She credits her doctor’s exercise prescription for helping her shed 150 pounds over the past few years.