Over the past few decades, the population of the United States and other industrialized nations has been sitting more and moving less; consequently, the incidence of many chronic conditions to include type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, orthopedic issues, and metabolic syndrome have dramatically increased.
Unfortunately, the rise in chronic disease has been mostly ignored. Not one sector of healthcare is trying to address it. Not physicians, not public or population health departments, not health or educational institutions.
Fitness can be, should be, and is the frontline of healthcare. By educating fitness professionals in chronic disease management, many conditions may be alleviated in the primary care stage, when they can be reversed. We know exercise and activity can help in primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention, and it can positively affect over 30 chronic conditions. In collaboration with clinicians, fitness professionals trained in program design, management, and chronic disease are in a prime position to help clients and patients ease the burden of chronic disease.