Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 299–306

A Novel Telehealth Approach to the Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cardiometabolic Disease

Invited Commentary

DOI: 10.1007/s12170-013-0337-6

Cite this article as:
Bredin, S.S.D. Curr Cardiovasc Risk Rep (2013) 7: 299. doi:10.1007/s12170-013-0337-6

Abstract

Physical activity plays an important role in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiometabolic disease. Despite the health benefits of physical activity, levels of physical inactivity remain high throughout contemporary society. In recent years, there have been rapid advancements in the use of telehealth approaches for the promotion of physical activity and other healthy lifestyle behaviors. Telehealth counseling platforms have the potential to reach a wide population, lower costs, as well as increase accessibility to services irrespective of geographical region and socio-economic background. Given this context, the purpose of this article is to provide an overview of a novel approach to physical activity counseling via a free telephone-delivered and on-line resource called the Physical Activity Line. The Physical Activity Line has implemented the most advanced risk stratification and clearance strategy available (ie, PAR-Q+, ePARmed-X+) for the provision of evidence-based physical activity clearance and tailored exercise prescriptions for both healthy individuals, as well as for persons with established medical conditions (eg, cardiometabolic disease). The qualified exercise professional is also central to the PAL, playing an essential role in the safe and effective delivery of evidence-based physical activity counseling.

Keywords

Telehealth Telephone-delivered counseling Physical activity Exercise prescription Risk stratification strategy Qualified exercise professional Physical Activity Line 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cognitive and Functional Learning Laboratory, Physical Activity Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit, School of KinesiologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada