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American Medical Schools Aren't Teaching the Importance of Exercise

Mar 31, 2015
TIME Health
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Many doctors are finishing medical school without getting any training in the importance of exercise, a new study shows.

Researchers at Oregon State University found that less than half of physicians trained in the U.S. in 2013 had received any instruction on exercise, based on curriculum records listed online.

Of the 118 of 170 American medical schools that listed their curriculum online, 51% of schools didn't offer exercise-related classes, 21% had one class and 82% didn't require students to learn about physical activity.

"There are immense medical benefits to exercise; it can help as much as medicine to address some health concerns," Brad Cardinal, an OSU professor of sports science, said in the study's press release. "Because exercise has medicinal as well as other benefits, I was surprised that medical schools didn’t spend more time on it."

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