Fitness is a condition of optimal health, regardless of age, culture or disabilities that encompasses three key components: physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being.

The promotion of fitness is an integral component of preventive care, risk reduction, and disease management. Family physicians are uniquely positioned to promote fitness among their patients, their office staff, and their community. Family physicians and their office staff can serve as role models for healthy lifestyles by personally engaging in healthy behaviors and advocating for fitness in their communities.

Family physicians are encouraged to open a dialogue with their patients about fitness, encourage fitness by recommending simple changes, and capitalize on the "teachable moments" during patient visits.

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