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Physical Activity Prescription

Physical Activity Prescription

Physical Activity Prescription

This course includes
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Certificate of completion


Welcome to Elective 1 of the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) Certificate by Dr. Ginger Garner. In this course, we will discuss physical activity prescription.

The literature cites physical inactivity as the biggest public health problem of the 21st century. Overwhelming evidence shows that regular physical activity demonstrates protective and anti-inflammatory effects for the mind and body.

Beyond the obvious physical benefits it provides, physical activity is known to be a cornerstone in the primary prevention of at least 35 chronic conditions (Booth et al., 2012), such as musculoskeletal disorders such as back pain and osteoarthritis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases, pulmonary conditions, neurological and neurodegenerative disease, some types of cancer, and mental health conditions such as depression, stress, and anxiety. 

Exercise is medicine, and yet, the data shows that though therapists are capable and qualified, they are not necessarily comfortable or well-equipped to counsel their patients on the American guidelines for physical activity.

This online course will prepare therapists to counsel, motivate, and help their patients and clients toward meeting the recommended American Guidelines for Physical Activity. All ages and conditions across the lifespan, from health populations to chronic conditions, will be covered in order to prepare the therapist to meet the 21st-century needs of an increasingly inactive and chronically ill global population. 


Learning Objectives

There are two parts to this course. The learning objectives for each part of the course are listed below.

In Part 1, you will:

  1. Define physical activity and physical exercise. 
  2. List the evidence-based guidelines for physical activity across the lifespan according to the US Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAGA).
  3. Identify the major types of physical activity. 
  4. Cite the evidence that links emotional status to physical activity. 
  5. Cite the evidence that links obesity to physical activity levels. 
  6. List standardized physical activity assessments. 
  7. Create exercise prescription in a case study format. 


In Part 2, you will:

  1. Define the biopsychosocial benefits of regular physical activity. 
  2. Define METS and how they are used in physical activity assessment. 
  3. Define aerobic, strength, flexibility, and balance exercise. 
  4. Summarize the link between practitioner role modeling and patient adherence. 
  5. Discuss ways to foster sustainable physical activity in patient care. 
  6. Cite the evidence base which supports physical activity prescription for the following conditions: geriatrics, prenatal, postpartum, stroke, heart attack, obesity, cancer, and general debility. 
  7. Write an exercise prescription with all required components.


Who is this Online Course for?

The Integrative Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) Certificate is for physiotherapists/physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and related professions.


About The Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate

You can choose to purchase individual modules or purchase the entire course track. When you click 'Buy Course' you will be given the option to purchase all 6 courses at a discount.

It is recommended to take all modules of the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine certificate in the order they are laid out in the course track.

It is required to take all modules to receive your certificate and you are only eligible to receive CEUs if you take all modules. CEUs are not awarded for individual modules, but rather for completing the entire course certificate.

You can view the entire certificate program by clicking here.

The instructors
Dr. Ginger Garner

Dr. Ginger Garner PT, DPT, ATC/L is a clinician, author, educator, and longtime advocate for improving access to physical therapy services, especially pelvic health.

She is the founder and CEO of Living Well Institute, which has been training and certifying healthcare providers in Integrative Medical Therapeutic Yoga & Lifestyle Medicine since 2000. She also owns Garner Pelvic Health in Greensboro NC, which offers digital and in-person care.

Ginger is the author of multiple books and book chapters, published in several languages. She has presented at over 20 conferences worldwide and has reached an audience across 6 continents, teaching on a range of topics impacting the pelvic girdle, respiratory diaphragm, and the voice (which she calls the 3D or Three Diaphragm approach).

Ginger is an active member of APTA, serving as the Legislative Chair for APTA North Carolina, a Congressional Key Contact for APTA Private Practice, and in the Academy of Pelvic Health on the Prenatal and 4th Trimester Task Force. Ginger lives in Greensboro, NC and is a mom of four – three sons and the family rescue Lab, Scout Finch. Visit Ginger at the links above, on Instagram and YouTube.

Course Material included in this course
  • Exercise Elective 1
  • Handouts
  • Physical Activity Prescription
  • Physical Activity
  • Physical Activity Guidelines
  • Physical Activity Types
  • Obesity & Physical Activity
  • Emotional Health
  • Screening
  • Exercise Prescription Case Study
  • Feedback
  • Exercise Elective 2
  • Handouts
  • History of Physical Activity Guides
  • Measuring Physical Activity
  • Writing a Prescription
  • Role Modeling
  • Sustainable Physical Activity
  • Biopsychosocial Benefits of Physical Activity
  • Special Populations
  • Feedback
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