for the individual, the health system and the community.
Memorial Hermann is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve, now and for future generations. We know that exercise is a crucial contributor to physical and mental well-being. Research has shown that exercise can be as effective as prescription medication in the management of several chronic diseases. We are dedicated to providing individuals of all ages, cultures and income levels with the knowledge and resources they need to make regular exercise a part of their daily lives.
Memorial Hermann is proud to support and participate in Exercise is Medicine®, a global health initiative founded in 2007 by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) with the American Medical Association. The vision of the initiative is to make physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in clinical care and increase access to evidence-based physical activity resources for people of all abilities everywhere.
Exercise is Medicine is one of Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation’s (CBC’s) four intersecting pillars, which also include Access to Health Care, Emotional Well-being and Food as Health. Together they form the foundation of the CBC’s work.
Committing to exercising regularly is the key to a lifetime of good health. In fact, the benefits of exercise cannot be overstated. Walking as little as 30 minutes a day can lower your risk of chronic disease, help you lose weight, maintain or improve your mobility, boost your energy and improve your mental well-being.
In support of its Exercise is Medicine initiative, the ACSM, in its Exercise is Medicine Fact Sheet, compiled a summary of research findings confirming the benefits of exercise. According to the research, regular physical activity has been shown to:
To learn more about these findings, or for a list of references, see the Exercise is Medicine Fact Sheet.
Health happens in a neighborhood. Through participation in our programs, individuals within our communities can improve their health, and socialize and support one another in achieving their fitness and wellness goals. In short, our programs help improve quality of life.
Our programs are tailored to the unique culture and interests of participating neighborhoods or communities. We invest in implementing these programs, and community members help lead and nurture them. We meet people where they live, work and play to promote healthier lifestyles!
Led by community leaders, our StepHEALTHY programs are designed to empower communities with health education and fun exercise activities to help them improve their health and reduce risk of chronic diseases. These programs are offered to participants free of charge.
StepHEALTHY groups are active in two Houston-area parks:
Activities offered include:
StepHEALTHY programs revitalize neighborhood parks in underserved communities. Research has shown that people who use parks and open spaces are three times more likely to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity than nonusers, and organized activities in parks in low-income neighborhoods can increase park use by as much as 25%. Our goal is to increase awareness and access to safe, sustainable, culturally appropriate physical activities that engage the community.
Looking to exercise on your own? Check out our easy-to-follow cardio and strength training videos, created by our StepHEALTHY Workout Team and fitness specialists at Memorial Hermann I Rockets Sports Medicine Institute. You’ll also find additional information for managing your health, plus tips for finding and creating your own ideal workout!
Also check out our helpful measuring tools, including a target heart rate chart, waist measurement and BMI guidelines.