Re: Focus on health, not weight

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 54, No. 8, October 2012, Page 384 Letters

In response to the letter by Dr Andrew Farquhar [Re: Focus on health, not weight, BCMJ 2012;54:229-230] I would like to add one important point. The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) certifies individuals as Certified Personal Trainers (CPT) and Certified Exercise Physiologists (CEP)—the highest standard held in the country. These fitness practitioners must have a minimum of a bachelor of physical education or kinesiology or have completed a diploma in human exercise physiology (CPT). 

The CSEP Health and Fitness Program in BC offers a member directory for your use at To differentiate between the two certifications: The CSEP-CPT scope of practice is limited to the “ap­parently healthy” population and works in a variety of fitness and health promotion environments. The CSEP-CEP performs assessments and evaluations, prescribes conditioning exercise, and provides exercise supervision and monitoring, counseling, healthy life­style education, and outcome evaluation for “apparently healthy” individuals and populations with medical conditions, functional limitations, or disabilities through the application of physical activity/exercise, for the purpose of improving health, function, and work or sport performance. 

The CSEP-CEP is the most advanced health and fitness practitioner certification in Canada, allowing members to work with high-performance athletes, the general population (across the life­span), and varied clinical populations. 

I would encourage you to engage your local certified fitness practitioners in order to guide your patients as they work toward greater physical fitness.

For regional offices in all pro­vinces click here.
—Gordon Saunders, MD

Gordon Saunders, MD,. Re: Focus on health, not weight. BCMJ, Vol. 54, No. 8, October, 2012, Page(s) 384 - Letters.

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