Should physical exams become more in-depth?

June 28, 2011

In Columbus, Ohio, the COSI science center is offering in-depth physical exams. The exam, which costs $50, tests each patient’s strength, aerobic endurance and flexibility, and then compares the results to the average population. The patients also receive an “exercise prescription” and meet with a fitness expert to set personally modified goals.

While Jim Pivarnik, a professor of kinesiology and epidomiology at Michigan State University, told the Columbus Dispatch that he agrees with the motivational benefits of “exercise as medicine,” he also noted that the program will first need the government and other insurers to help fund it.

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