The ACES Framework of Physical Activity Prescription

Ask every patient every time about physical activity

We are a group of medical and exercise professionals who aim to change how physicians talk to their patients about physical activity and health.
Start the Conversation
Follow the ACES Framework to talk to your patients about physical activity.
ASK . COUNSEL . EVALUATE . SEND
Use these tools and resources to get started.
STEP 1
ASK about physical activity.
Use the term physical activity, rather than exercise and ask questions like:
"What do you like to do for fun that's physically active?"
"How do you like to spend your free time?"
"Is it OK is we talk about physical activity today?"

STEP 2
COUNSEL individuals to reduce sedentary time.
Counsel patients to reduce sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity.
Use the ExRx Physical Activity Graphic and ExRx Activity Matrix to encourage individuals to break up sedentary time and add activity to their day.


STEP 3
EVALUATE for safety.
For most people, the benefits of physical activity far outweigh any risks. Some individuals who have more complex medical histories may need medical clearance before starting or resuming an exercise program.

STEP 4
SEND to a Qualified Exercise Professional (QEP) if necessary.
Individuals with training in exercise prescriptions include:
Kinesiologists
Exercise physiologists
Certified personal trainers
Physiotherapists
Athletic therapists
Sports medicine physicians


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The project is funded by St. Paul's Foundation with support of the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

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The project is funded by St. Paul's Foundation with support of the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

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The ACES Framework of Physical Activity Prescription
Ask every patient every time about physical activity