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Dr. JoAnn Manson: “A prescription to walk 30 minutes per day could be one of the most important prescriptions a patient could receive.” (Matt Rourke/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Dr. JoAnn Manson: “A prescription to walk 30 minutes per day could be one of the most important prescriptions a patient could receive.” (Matt Rourke/AP)

Imagine you go in for your regular medical check-up — you get your blood pressure, heart rate and weight checked. Then, you get this question: what do you do for exercise? If that's not already your medical reality, it soon may be.

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Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog. She tweets at @commonhealth.

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CommonHealth: Doctor's Orders: Prescribe Exercise To Patients, Make Physical Activity A Vital Sign

  • "It’s one thing to hear on the news that a study showed physical activity is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. But it’s another thing to have your own physician or health care provider tell you that it’s an important priority for you to walk 30 minutes a day or increase your activity."

This segment aired on December 14, 2015.

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