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Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
Health promotion is an important part of nursing care. Nurses have a responsibility toeducate, encourage, and stimulate patients regarding illness prevention and health maintenance.Many people are at a high risk for health related problems or have experienced health problemsdue to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle (Forsyth et al., 2000). It is important for nurses to takethe lead in promoting increased activity levels along with healthy dietary choices.The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages balanced calorie intake and physicalactivity to achieve or maintain a healthy body weight. They recommend 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days of the week or 20 minutes of vigorous activity three days a week (Bauman et al., 2007). An active lifestyle is recommended to prevent cardiovascular disease for all individuals (American Heart, 2006).
Physical Activity and the Internet
An article titled
Interactive communication strategies: Implications for population-based physical-activity promotion
describes the U.S. population as inactive and states that research hasshown that this population will remain sedentary without intervention (Forsyth et al., 2000). It is becoming increasingly important for healthcare professionals to promote physical activity and toattempt to intervene through all mediums available. In 1998, 45% of households had personalcomputers and even then 50% of those persons used the internet to obtain health relatedinformation (Forsyth et al., 2000).According to Bauman et al. (2003), 60% of Americans do not participate in regular physical activity. People cite barriers to physical activity such as lack of time and limitations of access to facilities (Bauman et al., 2003). The internet can provide information to large numbers