Physical Activity | Core Competencies

Physical Activity Core Competencies

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CME Credits: 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ 
Full accreditation information listed below.

Additional Course Details

Description: Part of the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies program, this topic module contains four units.

    Learning Objectives:
    Healthcare providers should be given encouragement and resources to turn their practices into ones focused on improved physical activity.

    After viewing the module presentations, learners should be able to:

    Introduction to Physical Activity and the Role of Healthcare Providers in Physical Activity Counseling

    • Evaluate the potential consequences of physical inactivity, including premature death, preventable disease, and higher healthcare costs
    • Differentiate between physical activity and exercise
    • Describe distinct types of exercise, including aerobic exercise, strengthening, flexibility, and balance
    • Classify various types of physical fitness as outcomes of exercise
    • Utilize physical activity guidelines as stated by the Department of HHS in 2018

    The Science Behind Physical Activity and Sitting and Inactivity

    • Analyze physical activity assessment tools and identify examples of these tools
    • Emphasize the importance of fitness in decreasing the risks of all-cause mortality
    • Examine the relationship between fitness and body weight, and identify the protective effects of fitness
    • Calculate how much exercise is recommended to experience maximum health benefits
    • Examine the correlation between sitting and all-cause mortality risk, as a distinct but related factor to physical activity levels

    Healthcare Providers Role in Physical Activity Counseling and Filling the Exercise Prescription

    • Determine the feasibility, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of office-based counseling
    • Recruit different types of healthcare providers that promote exercise
    • Provide supplementary resources that can promote sustained exercise
    • Identify barriers to counseling to increase the efficacy and frequency of physical activity counseling
    • Utilize physical activity vital signs to assess patients’ current physical activity levels and to inform appropriate healthcare provider responses
    • Describe the factors that make up a physical activity prescription, such as frequency, intensity, type, and time

    Physical Activity for Specific Health Conditions and Physical Activity for the Chronically Ill

    • Use evidence-based physical activity guidelines for healthy older adults
    • Use evidence-based physical activity guidelines for children and adolescents
    • Use evidence-based physical activity guidelines for pregnant and post-partum women
    • Use evidence-based physical activity guidelines for patients with heart disease 
    • Use evidence-based physical activity guidelines for patients with diabetes
    • Use evidence-based physical activity guidelines for patients with cancer

    Module Format: The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies education activity is composed of a series of modules viewed in a digital format. Users are able to move through the module at their own pace. It begins and ends with an assessment of the learner's comprehension of the subject matter. Interactive scenarios, images, audio, and video may have been added to enhance the experience. 

    Duration: 4 hours

    Assessment and Measurement: A score of 80% or higher on the unit quizzes is required to pass the module.

    Specifications: This module can be viewed on desktop, tablet or mobile device. Speakers or headphones are required for this program. Laptop or PC preferred.

    Term of Approval: January 26, 2022 – January 26, 2025

    Enrollment: Access to online material is granted through the term approval which ends January 26, 2025.

    Accreditation Statement: 
    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). The American College of Preventive Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Please note: Continuing Education (CE) for allied health professionals is ONLY available for the full 32-hour program and is NOT available for individual modules.

    Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Statement:
    This curriculum is applicable for Maintenance of Certification Credit (MOC) by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

    Designation Statement:
    The ACPM designates this enduring material for 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. ACPM is not accredited to offer credit to non-physicians. To determine if activities designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ are acceptable for your licensing or certification needs, please contact your credentialing body directly.

    Faculty Disclosures:
    The American College of Preventive Medicine supports fair and unbiased participation of individuals in Academy/Foundation education activities. Any real or potential conflicts of interest must be identified and managed. All relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that directly impact and/or might conflict with College activities must be disclosed, or disclosure that no relevant financial relationships exist must be documented. Other relationships that could cause private interests to conflict with professional interests must also be disclosed. This policy is intended to openly identify any potential conflict so that participants in an education activity are able to form their own judgments about the presentation. In addition, disclosure must be made of presentations on drugs or devices or uses of drugs or devices that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

    This activity does not include any discussion of drugs and devices that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. No off-label use is discussed in this publication.

    This activity did not receive commercial support.


    Edward M. Phillips, MD, DipABLM
    Royalties, Wolters-Kluwer
    All financial disclosures have been mitigated


    Susan Benigas
    Executive Director, ACLM
    No relationships to disclose

    Donna Grande, MGA
    Chief Executive Officer, ACPM
    No relationships to disclose

    Angela Mickalide, PhD, MCHES
    Vice President of Programs and Education, ACPM
    No relationships to disclose

    Stephanie Madrigal, MS
    Manager, Education, ACPM
    No relationships to disclose

    Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACLM, DipABLM
    HealthType LLC, Principal and Founder
    No relationships to disclose

    Paulina Shetty, MS, RDN, CPT, DipACLM
    Director of Education, ACLM
    No relationships to disclose

    Alexandra Kees, MPH
    Education Project Manager, ACLM
    No relationships to disclose

    Amanda Zelek, PharmD, DipACLM
    Reviewer, ACLM
    No relationships to disclose

    Kelly Freeman, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, DipACLM
    Director, Academic Advancement, ACLM
    No relationships to disclose

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