Over 110 doctors joined the second series of the Exercise Prescription Certificate course co-organized by the Hong Kong Medical Association and the Department of Health. The campaign came to an end on June 25, 2006.
With the support of the Physical Fitness Association of Hong Kong, China and many professional groups, the training program is to build a critical mass of doctors in general practice who would take exercise seriously as a cost-effective intervention to prevent diseases and promote health, as well as physical activities among members of the public.
Dr. CHOI Kin, President of the HKMA, Dr. CHAN Yee Shing and Dr. YEUNG Chiu Fat, Co-Chairmen of Task Force of Exercise for Health Project, were graduates of the 1st Exercise Prescription Certificate Course. They shared their experiences on prescribing exercise: "Patients who took our advice and followed the exercise prescription showed significant improvement, especially those hypertensive and diabetic clients. Drug dosages could be reduced in most cases."
Dr. CHAN took the opportunity to remind patients with chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes to bring along their medications when doing exercise. Sufficient drinking water should be ready especially in the hot weather.
In order to educate the public the benefits of regular exercise and introduce types of exercise that are easy to follow, the HKMA has invited the popular TV star Ms. Nancy SIT Ka Yin to film a MTV with Dr. CHAN Yee Shing, who has written the theme song for this campaign. The MTV was premiered at the press conference. Educational VCDs will be produced later for public distribution.
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