PROVIDERS ACTION GUIDE: STEP 2

Determine Your Patient's Readiness to Change

Prior to prescribing physical activity to your patients, it’s important to determine their Exercise Stage of Change." Some patients may only be ready for encouragement; some will be prepared to take steps toward reducing sedentary behavior and/or becoming more active; and others will be ready to receive a physical activity prescription and referral to certified exercise professionals. This readiness to change table provides a brief outline of the five stages of change and recommended steps for patients in each stage.

Proceed to Step 3: Prescribe Physical Activity to Your Patients
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