A Physical Activity Toolkit for RDNs: Exercise is Medicine®

The goal of this toolkit is to provide RDNs with a set of resources for encouraging physical activity (PA) as an effective strategy for the prevention, treatment and management of more than 40 of the most common chronic health conditions in adults. Designed to help RDNs incorporate PA into weight management plans for people of all ages, the approach is flexible and facilitates utilization by RDNs working in diverse settings. Evaluating the PA habits and restrictions of patients/clients during a comprehensive nutrition assessment is indicated by the Revised 2017 Standards of Practice in Nutrition Care and Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and is consistent with the Nutrition Care Process (NCP).

This Physical Activity Toolkit for RDNs contains extensive information and resources such as:

  • Key recommendations of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
  • Key recommendations and resources of Exercise is Medicine® (EIM)
  • Definitions for PA, PA guidance, exercise, and exercise prescription
  • Recommendations for RDNs to address PA with their patients/clients in accordance with The Academy's NCP
  • Case studies demonstrating how to incorporate PA guidance into each step of the NCP for patients/clients with various health conditions or concerns
  • Scenario examples of nutrition interventions to assist the RDN in distinguishing PA guidance from exercise prescription
  • Downloadable professional guidance tools and handouts for patients/clients
  • Links to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, ACSM Exercise is Medicine® and additional resources

Brought to you by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American College of Sports Medicine with a special thank you to the toolkit development team and authors Laura Kruskall, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FACSM, FAND; Melinda M. Manore, PhD, RDN, CSSD, FACSM; Julie Schwartz, MS, RDN, CSOWM, CSSD, LD, ACSM-EP, NBC-HWC; and Robyn Stuhr, MA, CASM-CEP, RCE. Planned with the Cardiovascular Health and Well-being (CV-Well), Sports and Human Performance Nutrition (SHPN), and Weight Management (WM) dietetic practice groups.

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