For many exercise professionals, the goal of training and educating clients is to improve health, increase strength and performance, and improve fitness parameters. The concept of reducing injuries may not be high on their radar screens. However, in American business, the aspect of doing anything that will reduce injuries (and health insurance costs) is of utmost importance. So much so that many businesses, universities, and manufacturing companies are hiring wellness
A recent report in Forbes Magazine by writer Unity Stokes discusses the recent issues concerning the validity of blood tests results from a Silicon Valley lab company called Theranos. Theranos was founded by a 30-something Elizabeth Holmes, who garnered over $5 billion from investors to launch her company that promised blood from finger sticks vs. whole venous blood draws. This year her company was investigated by the Department of Justice
A recent issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine tried to put a nail in the coffin of nutritional supplements. “Unregulated, not safe, harmful, and no benefits” shouted the authors of the Letter to the Editor of the journal. Yet another attempt by physicians and the pharmaceutical industry to put a damper on the use and sale of vitamins and minerals.
A recent report in Forbes Magazine by writer Unity Stokes discusses the recent issues concerning the validity of blood tests results from a Silicon Valley lab company called Theranos. While reading about the validity of blood tests may be considered more important for healthcare professionals such as a medical doctor or a nurse, it is time that exercise physiologists as health and fitness professionals take a moment to think about it and what it may mean to their practice.
$750 billion is a lot of money. It is more than the GDP of many countries. And, according to a recent article published on Medical Consultants Network – it is the amount of money wasted each year by our fabulous health care system. Unimaginable as it may seem, the report from the Institute of Medicine found that the amount of money wasted (roughly 30 cents on every medical dollar) is more than the budget of Medicare ($716 billion per year).
In the ever-expanding health and fitness market, there are opportunities to do good work, and to expand business models. Wellness programs for the home healthcare market are a tremendous opportunity to do both.
There are three distinct areas of exercise as it relates to healthcare – and reimbursement. Most trainers and fitness professionals are aware of cardiac rehab, which actually began in the US in the 1960s, but gained ground as a reimbursable health care service in the 1980s. At that time there was a lot of good exercise and sports medicine research available in peer reviewed publications, and there was a push