Medical Charts Could Soon Include The Amount You Exercise
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on January 17, 2013 @ 7:56AM
Created on January 16, 2013 @ 5:58PM
Twice a week for about an hour, or an hour and a half. That's how much Morgantown resident Samantha Rader works out every week.
On Monday and Wednesday you can find her and her nine-month-old son Colin at an exercise class called "buggies and babes".
"It's so I can lose my baby weight," Rader said.
It's also why she's okay with a recent movement to add the amount of time you work out to your medical chart.
"They ask you if you're smoking or drinking," Rader said. "I don't see what the problem is with them asking if you workout."
The push started when officials with Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest nonprofit health insurance plan, started to encourage their doctors in California to ask patients if they exercise.
Doctors onboard with the notion say it promotes exercise and a healthier lifestyle.
"They know if you workout or if you don't," Teona Hriblan, a Morgantown resident, said. She's also okay with doctors putting that information on her chart.
"If you chose not to tell them that's your business," Hriblan said."
Despite the Mountain State constantly being ranked as one of the fattest states in the country, 5 News was hard pressed to find anyone against the idea.
Folks like Barbara VonHagel, a Carbondale resident, just wanted to know how honest folks would be when it comes to answering the question.
"I'm a hairdresser and ladies have a way of exaggerating a little bit," VonHagel said.
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