Exercise is Medicine: Objective Tools for Assessment and Promotion of Physical Activity

Ames, IA US
January 14, 2015

Mary Greeley Medical Center Grand Rounds is a multi-disciplinary clinical activity which serves to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession.  

Target Audience

Physicians, mid-level providers, nurses and healthcare administrators.

Professional Practice Gap

The clinical and public health burden of chronic disease can be reduced with coordinated efforts to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles in the population. Health care professionals and clinics are ideally positioned to provide recommendations and prescriptions for physical activity but may not have access to tools and resources needed for effective assessment or for facilitating behavior change. This session will provide an overview of the Exercise is Medicine initiative and provide examples of coordinated health coaching applications possible with new activity monitoring technology.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the goals and vision of the national Exercise is Medicine movement.
  2. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of different physical activity monitoring technologies for assessing and promoting physical activity.
  3. Describe the application of activity monitoring technology for health coaching and clinical guided behavior change.



Gregory Welk, PhD
Co-Director Clinicial Research and Community Outreach, Nutrition and Wellness Research Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Dr. Welk served as the chair of the Story County Healthy Lifestyle taskforce and has established the ISU Campus Community Partnership for Health to continue to support community-based programming and to study strategies in community-based participatory research. In addition to his work with the Campus Community Partnership for Health through his position as the Director of the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center, Welk is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. He teaches courses in worksite health promotion and community health promotion and has utilized service learning strategies in his courses as a way to integrate his research, teaching and service activities.




  • Dr. Welk discloses he is an independent contractor for research for Bodymedia/Jawbone regarding validation/calibration of monitors.

CME Committee

  • Dr. Brenda Burrough discloses she is a principal investigator in an Amgen research trial.
  • No member of the Mary Greeley Medical Center CME Committee who planned this activity, including Dr. Burrough, has any financial relationship to disclose relating to the content. 

The content and selection of speaker(s) is the responsibility of the Mary Greeley Medical Center for Continuing Medical Education Committee.

Continuing Education Credit

  • DO: Des Moines University is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this live activity for 1.0 Category 2-A CME credit(s).
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
01/14/2015 - 12:00pm CST
Event ends: 
01/14/2015 - 1:00pm CST
Mary Greeley Medical Center
Bessie Myers Auditorium
1111 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA 50010
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A


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